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This great work led by SREB's Kim Anderson has just been released. One of the reports focuses specifically on how states are updating evaluation of teachers and leaders for the Common Core environment.

SREB Reports on Common Core Implementation in 15 States 
Comprehensive and wide-ranging work is well underway

The Southern Regional Education Board's State Implementation of Common Core State Standards reports detail progress to date in implementing the standards in 15 states

The six reports profile strides in each state, identify leading states, detail specific practices and highlight exemplary ones, document trends, and note challenges such as aligning other reforms with the standards. 

1. A Summary Report recaps findings from the five more-detailed reports, summarizes trends and outlines state needs to continue implementation. Educators and state department of education staff report that they are collaborating more than ever before with regional agencies, districts, schools, higher education, business and community leaders — as well as sharing resources with colleagues in other states.
 
Educators say they need steady funding and policy support as they begin assessing students on the standards and continue training teachers and building classroom materials. They also see a need to clarify the changes to teaching and learning so that educators and community stakeholders better understand how the standards can prepare more students to succeed in college and careers after high school.
 
2. Timeline and Approach to Standards considers states' leadership for reform, timeline for rollout, infrastructure to support implementation in districts and schools, alignment of assessments to the Common Core and integration of standards for English learners and students with severe cognitive disabilities. Leading states are Kentucky and New York. Other strong states are Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and North Carolina.

3. Teaching Resources examines how states select and develop teaching resources, what tools they provide and how they train teachers to choose or design their own materials. Leading states are Colorado, Georgia, Maryland and New York. Other strong states are Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

4. Professional Development identifies initial and ongoing training for teachers, principals and district staff. Leading states are Delaware, Kentucky,Maryland and Tennessee. Other strong states are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New York and North Carolina.

5. Teacher and Leader Evaluation details whether states have updated professional standards and evaluation rubrics for teachers and leaders and how extensively they use evaluation results to guide improvement. Leading states are Colorado, Louisiana and Tennessee. Other strong states are Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. 

6. Accountability examines how statewide accountability systems are aligned to the Common Core and what measures they use. Leading states are Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.Other strong states are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Methodology and Intent

 SREB researchers performed extensive reviews of department of education websites and documents and conducted scores of interviews with state department of education leaders, teachers, principals, superintendents, board members, legislators, and business, union and community leaders. 

“These reports are critical tools to help states see where they are and where they might collaborate with other states on best practices,” said SREB President Dave Spence. 

The project is one of several SREB efforts to help states implement statewide standards tied to readiness to succeed in college and careers. The research and reports build on SREB’s decades of monitoring state progress toward meeting goals to improve education. The study will produce a  final set of reports on Common Core implementation later in 2014.

"States have done an enormous amount of work, and in many cases they are well along the path," said SREB's Kim Anderson, the project's director. "The focus of the study is to bring states together around this review to see what they can learn from one another as they continue implementation."

Participating States 
12 SREB member states and three states outside the SREB region* in this SREB study: 
 
Alabama
Colorado*
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
New York*
North Carolina
Pennsylvania*
South Carolina
Tennessee
West Virginia
 
Access all six reports and more information about the study on the SREB website. >
 
The Southern Regional Education Board works with states to improve public education from pre-K through Ph.D. The 16 member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

What Are You Reading?

I'm always browsing the Web for interesting articles, trending topics and engaging online conversations. Whether it's a new formal report, a just-published article or a conversation-starting blog post, I'd love to learn what's got your attention. Please share links and material with me at Andy.Baxter@sreb.org.
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