Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies
Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, he taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. He was a research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

Stoops earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Clarion University and a master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. He received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education.

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 1)

  • Charter school expansion: N&O style

    According to an inane editorial published by the News & Observer, But North Carolina has let charters grow too fast in number without contemplating their effect on regular public schools – and without GOP legislators bolstering funding for regular schools to offset the losses from more charters. I have…
    Terry Stoops, January 16, 2018
  • Dinner table teachers produce successful entrepreneurs

    Researchers Hans K. Hvide and Paul Oyer published a fantastic National Bureau of Economic Research study, Dinner Table Human Capital and Entrepreneurship. Hvide and Oyer examine a sample of Norwegian entrepreneurs to compare “dinner table human capital (parental labor market experience) and aptitude (IQ) to entrepreneurial entry, sector choice,…
    Terry Stoops, January 15, 2018
  • Study: Performance bonuses provide additional four weeks of learning

    Mathematica Policy Research shows us the way: In 2006, Congress established the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), which provides grants to support performance-based compensation systems for teachers and principals in high-need schools. Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, Mathematica recently completed a…
    Terry Stoops, January 11, 2018
  • Education Week’s iffy list of “game-changing ideas in education”

    This week, Education Week editors offer a list of 10 Game-Changing Ideas in Education.  To be honest, I do not believe that any are actual “game changers.” Some ideas are good (no. 1), others are condescending (no. 3), two ideas ask schools to do things that they are not…
    Terry Stoops, January 10, 2018
  • N.C. school-related studies from the American Economic Association Annual Meeting

    Here are a few school-related studies from the recent American Economic Association meeting in Philadelphia.  (Emphasis added throughout.)   The Effect of High School Peers on Juvenile Delinquency Songman Kang, Hanyang University  In this paper, I examine the extent to which the presence of delinquent peers influences students’…
    Terry Stoops, January 8, 2018
  • N.C. teacher licensure: Probably worse than the DMV

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released preliminary results from an audit of the state’s teacher licensure system.  The agency “contracted with TNTP to review its licensure process and identify opportunities for implementing current licensure law more efficiently and with greater customer satisfaction.”  TNTP found, Finding #1 – People…
    Terry Stoops, January 5, 2018
  • Camp Lejeune teacher is a finalist for National Teacher of the Year award

    Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teacher Kara Ball, an elementary teacher at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award.  According to an Education Week report, Ball teaches elementary students from military families at Camp Lejeune in…
    Terry Stoops, January 4, 2018
  • Teacher vacancies a problem only in certain subjects, school districts

    One of the outstanding features of the 2016-17 State of Teaching Profession Report is that it includes teacher vacancy data for the current school year.  The definition of a “vacancy” is important in this case. For the purposes of this report, NCDPI defined a teacher vacancy as an instructional…
    Terry Stoops, January 3, 2018