SREB and Delaware

Overview

SREB and Delaware

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Delaware participates in them.

Appropriations from member states support core SREB services. SREB leverages the longstanding commitment of member states to attract external funding for additional programs and services that benefit member states. States may also choose to join targeted networks for additional fees.

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Policy

Goals for Education | Monitoring State Policies

Monitoring and reporting to assist education leaders and policymakers as they shape public policy. SREB tracks trends and analyzes the progress of all 16 SREB states in each area in the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education and provides Legislative Reports that detail legislative and budget actions in each state.

SREB’s Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

College and Career Readiness

Readiness in State Accountability Systems

SREB staff distilled key elements of SREB state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.    

Delaware’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its school performance indicators.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Five state education agency leaders from Delaware participated.

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Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

Delaware attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 3

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    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

    Technical Assistance

    From 2015-2018, the SREB educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

    convenings

    The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in May 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning, and teacher voice.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Delaware over the past year:

    Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

    School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

    Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

    SREB.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation 

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met during 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

    Postsecondary Education

    Affordability

    SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended policies and practices to keep college costs within reach of all students. In addition to the Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    Delaware’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 40 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 17 percent at public two-year colleges.

    SREB convened state higher education executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, discuss issues facing the states and solicit comments on our draft strategic plan. The director of the higher education office in the Delaware Department of Education participated.

    A Legislative Advisory Council member from Delaware spoke to the group in November 2018 about the state’s efforts to make college more affordable.

    State Services

    Connects policymakers with custom information, presentations and assistance on education issues as they arise. Leaders in member states are encouraged to contact SREB for data, analysis and advice.

    SREB staff, including the President, visited Delaware to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2019.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Delaware requested assistance on topics including resources to address student opportunity gaps.

    Meetings 

    Delaware staff were among those from 8 SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Delaware legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    Professional Development
    For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

    Making Schools Work Conference

    Annual conference, formerly known as the High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, for K-12 teachers, counselors, principals, technology center directors and state and district education agency personnel.

    Delaware attendees at the July 2018 conference: 10

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    College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

    Conference that focuses on literacy and mathematics tools and strategies. Teams of educators and school leaders explore disciplinary literacy strategies and formative assessment lessons that engage students in math.

    Delaware attendees at the July 2018 conference: 8

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    Postsecondary Education

    Academic Common Market

    A tuition-savings program for college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

    During calendar year 2017, approximately 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and nearly 3,355 new students were certified for study.

    In 2017,116 Delaware students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $15,389 each and a collective total of $1,785,136 in tuition.

    ACM State Representative: Juliet Murawski, Delaware Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Office

    SREB.org/ACM >

    Regional Contract Program

    Gives students the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from participating institutions in other states through in-state tuition rates at public institutions or reduced tuition at private institutions. More than 600 students participate each year.

    Participating students from Delaware in 2018-19: 9

    RCP State Coordinator: Juliet Murawski, Financial Aid and Scholarship Administrator, Delaware Department of Education

    SREB.org/RCP >

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

    A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.​

    Delaware is an approved member of SARA.

    Colleges and universities in Delaware saved $604,000 for initial authorization and save $160,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

    Delaware SARA representative: Nicholas Buono, College Success Program Administrator, Delaware Department of Higher Education.

    SREB.org/SARA >

    Fact Book and Data Exchange

    Fact Book

    The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

    Delaware leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Delaware: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education.

    SREB-State Data Exchange

    An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

    SREB-State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

    Delaware’s Participating Agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Chesiree Wise, Delaware Higher Education Commission

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    Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

    Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

    As of November 2018, one Delaware institution is a member, listed here with its representative to the Council:

    Wilmington University: Denise Westbrook, Dean

    SREB.org/Nursing >

    Doctoral Scholars Program

    Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.

    Delaware scholars since 1993: 2
    Delaware scholars funded in 2018-19: 0
    2018 Institute attendees from Delaware:0
    Graduates since 1993: 1
    Graduates currently employed: 1
    Percent employed in education: 0

    Delaware – Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:

    University of Delaware

    SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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    Interstate Cooperatives

    Go Alliance

    An interstate cooperative to increase high school graduation rates, access to education beyond high school, and postsecondary degree completion — particularly for those who would be the first in their families to enroll. Go Alliance research, services and professional development focus on college access policy and communications strategies to motivate students to plan for and apply to college.

    Delaware is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Karen Keegan, College Access Program Administrator, Delaware Department of Education

    SREB.org/GoAlliance >

    Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $8.3 million on over $83 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2018 — more than double the FY2017 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    Delaware saved $16,939 on $171,274 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

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