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SREB Report
ESSA = Opportunity to Refine Evaluation Systems
How will states respond to increased responsibility for teacher evaluation systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act? In State Actions to Advance Teacher Evaluation, SREB identifies 10 areas where state agencies can continue refining their systems and make full use evaluation data to improve teaching.
States should consider shifting emphasis from classroom observation procedures to conversations and feedback quality, the new report says. States should also consider adjusting how student growth measures are incorporated, so that these elements do not undermine educators' trust in the system as a whole
SREB's educator effectiveness team provides consultation and technical assistance for individual states, conducts on-the-ground research to understand implementation, and cultivates a network for state leaders to learn from peers working toward the same goal. Contact SREB Vice President for Educator Effectiveness Andy Baxter.

More Affordable, Accessible Health Degrees
SREB’s Regional Contract Program helps students earn specialized, professional health degrees at lower costs. Residents of participating states can attend neighboring-state programs in dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry and veterinary medicine. 

At public institutions, students pay in-state tuition rates; at private institutions, they pay reduced tuition. States save the high costs of creating their own specialized health programs. More than 700 students participate each year.

In 2014-2015, for example, UGA received more than $2 million when 77 students from other SREB states contracted with the University of Georgia’s veterinary medicine program, Georgia residents, in turn, have access to optometry programs at the Southern College of Optometry in Tennessee and the University of Alabama.

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Invest Now in Early Childhood Ed
... or Pay Later 
"When children start school behind their peers, and later drop out or fail to live up to their potential, we have to clean up the mess, paying for incarceration, health care and other costs," writes Delaware Senator Gary Simpson, a member of the SREB Early Childhood Commission."I think we can cut some of these problems off at the pass."

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Uncommon Degree Savings

SREB's Academic Common Market allows students to pay in-state tuition for degree programs not offered in their home states.  

About 2,500 students participate each year. In Delaware this year, for example, 94 students have saved more than $1.2 million in tuition.

Search from more than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 150 institutions in 15 states. Go >
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Worthy of Note is a digest of notable news on ed tech topics from SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative. The latest issue focuses on data analytics, bandwidth, emerging technologies, instructional innovation and policy.

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