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Durrance, Samantha – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
Third grade is a critical checkpoint in a child's educational journey. By the end of third grade, children need literacy skills that prepare them for increasing curriculum demands in fourth grade and beyond. Students who are not reading on grade level by this point are significantly more likely to drop out of high school or fail to graduate on…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
Bottoms, Gene; Sundell, Kirsten – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
This publication explores how state accountability systems currently address college readiness and academic and technical career readiness and offers recommendations and examples of policies and practices that incentivize and reward districts and schools for preparing more students to earn credentials and degrees in high-demand career fields.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Accountability, Educational Policy
Harvey, Darcie – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
Many states are experimenting with mechanisms for making college more affordable while maintaining quality and access. This report examines promising or innovative state programs to improve college affordability and credential attainment. Many of these approaches show innovative thinking and bear watching to see if they result in meaningful…
Descriptors: Paying for College, State Policy, Educational Policy, Access to Education
Hite, Jenny – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
Recent studies indicate that persistent achievement gaps among children begin as early as 18 months, years before most publicly funded prekindergarten programs offer enrollment. Early childhood development necessitates more than access to pre-K at age four. Proper brain development requires adequate nutrition, access to quality healthcare, and…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Preschool Education, Preschool Evaluation, Early Childhood Education
Hite, Jenny; Lord, Joan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
This brief report offers analysis of ACT and SAT results from 2008 to 2013 in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region. The brief focuses on the increase in test participation rates and points to policies that SREB states initiated that affected these rates. Five SREB states currently require 100 percent student participation on the…
Descriptors: College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Influences
Hite, Jenny – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
Overwhelmingly, research shows that program quality is a major determinant in the achievement gains for young children who participate in early education programs. Teacher quality, in particular, is closely related to positive educational outcomes for preschool participants. Research shows that children in programs whose lead and supporting…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Achievement Gains, State Policy
Decuir, Erica – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
This latest brief updates education leaders on the key policies the 13 (Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states plan to implement under federal waivers to No Child Left Behind. It details,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Geographic Location, Educational Legislation
Hite, Jenny – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
Today's researchers seek to determine if contemporary pre-K programs provide the strong return on investment found by researchers in the 1960's High/Scope Perry Preschool Program and 1970's North Carolina Abecedarian Project. Research then showed that these two programs created positive academic effects that accompanied their students as they…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Preschool Education, Cost Effectiveness, Effect Size
Gagne, Jeff – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012
Most states nationwide have had policies for several decades that limit the number of students assigned to public K-12 classrooms. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states, led by Tennessee and Texas, spearheaded this effort in the 1980s, and SREB's own "Legislative Briefings" have marked the growth of class-size policies across…
Descriptors: Class Size, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy
Collins, Crystal – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012
Reform efforts in America's public high schools over the last decade have focused on graduating all students and ensuring they are ready for college and careers. One way policy-makers have increased the rigor of the high school curriculum and bridged the readiness gap between high school and college is through accelerated learning…
Descriptors: High Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, College Credits, Acceleration (Education)
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
The 2011 Southern Regional Education Board annual report describes SREB's recent achievements and how the organization has helped its 16 member states improve education in tough economic times. The report highlights program activities and also includes remarks from the Board Chair and President, acknowledgment of financial contributors, and lists…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Achievement Gains, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives
Lenard, Matthew – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
For nearly a decade, states have had flexibility in collecting and reporting graduation rate data for state and federal accountability purposes. But in 2008, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines that require all states to report a new rate--the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate--beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Graduation, Politics of Education, Educational Policy
Gagne, Jeff – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
For nearly a decade, the demand for better education data has reverberated across the nation, fueled in part by concerns that the information used in education decision-making is incomplete and, in some cases, inaccurate. In response, millions of federal and state dollars have been invested over the last few years to design and build state-of…
Descriptors: Data, Information Systems, Decision Making, Educational Policy
Barger, Kenna; Murray, Renee; Smith, Janie – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2011
Through the "Strengthening Statewide College/Career Readiness Initiative" (SSCRI), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has collaborated with states on state policy goals and actions needed to improve high school students' academic readiness for postsecondary study and reduce the need for remedial work. SREB created and implemented…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Programs, Transitional Programs
Spence, Dave; Blanco, Cheryl D.; Root, Megan – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010
The first page of this report sets forth starkly the imperative for states to increase substantially the numbers of postsecondary education degrees and certificates earned each year by their residents: By 2018, the United States will fall far short of the number of new college degrees needed for an emerging economy that increasingly depends on…
Descriptors: Credentials, Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Degrees
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