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)

  • The 10 most exciting and common jobs of former teachers

    Tired of chasing little ruffians around the classroom?  Thinking that the grass is greener on the other side?  Zippia.com lists the 10 most exciting jobs of former teachers to inspire those who have given up on trying to inspire others. Ship Worker President (of something) Bartender Floater (insuring items…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2017
  • A Better “Care Package” for Test Takers

    My son’s public school has asked parents to donate items for “care packages” that are designed to “promote a positive and encouraging End of Grade Testing environment.”  They have asked for the following items: two No. 2 pencils, one highlighter, a few peppermint candies, a small bag of chips, a…
    Terry Stoops, May 22, 2017
  • Republicans continue to invest in teachers

    The National Education Association released “Rankings and Estimates: Rankings of the States 2016 and Estimates of School Statistics 2017” on Wednesday.  According to the report, North Carolina’s unadjusted average teacher pay is ranked 35th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  This is a huge improvement…
    Terry Stoops, May 11, 2017
  • Average teacher pay: 31st when adjusted for cost of living

    I will publish the entire state-by-state ranking in the next week or two, but my initial calculations indicate that North Carolina’s average teacher salary, when adjusted for cost of living, ranks 31st in the nation. The unadjusted ranking is 35th in the nation, according to a report released by…
    Terry Stoops, May 10, 2017
  • Average teacher pay ranking: From 41st to 35th in the nation

    From WRAL: North Carolina ranks 35th in the nation for average teacher pay, an improvement from last year, when the state ranked 41st, according to estimates released Wednesday by the National Education Association. Among the 12 states in the Southeast, North Carolina now ranks 5th, an improvement…
    Terry Stoops, May 10, 2017
  • N.C. schools had 860 sexual assaults over the last four years

    From an investigation conducted by The Associated Press, Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no school is immune. AP journalists spent a year…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2017
  • Greene: Charter failure report is bunk

    On this popular blog, University of Arkansas education professor Jay Greene takes a new Fordham Institute report to task. Fordham has a new report out that claims to have discovered three warning signs in charter applications that make those charters more likely to have low-performance in their initial…
    Terry Stoops, April 26, 2017