Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 145)

  • Obama whips out the waiver wand

    Does your state want to be exempted from undesirable accountability requirements imposed by the No Child Left Behind law?  President Obama’s got you covered (as long as you play by his rules).  According to the Washington Post, Senior administration officials said waivers will be awarded to states that adopt…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2011
  • Durham gets meaningless AdvancED blessing

    AdvancED announced that the Durham Public Schools is on the road to receiving full accreditation.  As you may recall, AdvancED is the same accreditation outfit that threatened to revoke Wake County Schools accreditation for reasons that had nothing to do with the performance of schools in the district. Speaking of performance, let's take a look at the performance of schools in Durham last year (see table below).  Without a doubt, state test results suggest that Durham has a handful of excellent schools.  It also has 17 schools, not including Lakeview and DPL, that fail to get at least 60 percent of its students at or above grade level on state tests (see Performance Composite).  The state categorizes these schools as "Low performing" and "Priority" schools (see ABC Status).  Apparently, the AdvancED folks do not have a problem with this.  Indeed, AdvancED did not think twice about accrediting the Halifax County Schools, one of the lowest performing districts in the state. Once again, it is proof that AdvancED accreditation does not mean much about the quality of the schools in a district.  Credit the General Assembly for creating an alternative.
    Terry Stoops, September 22, 2011
  • How did CMS win the Broad Prize?

    Yesterday, I noted that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) won the 2011 Broad Prize for Urban Education.  Tara Servatius added some excellent commentary and context. I reviewed the data compiled by the Broad Foundation and suspect that CMS won based on two metrics.  The first was a residuals analysis, a…
    Terry Stoops, September 21, 2011
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Wins Broad Prize

    At first, I thought that CMS received the Broad Prize because the district had close ties to the Broad Foundation.  Former superintendent Peter Gorman was a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy and he received help from Broad to implement a performance pay program for teachers.  According to Education…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2011
  • Impressive new evidence that school choice works

    In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, a quartet of Ivy League professors examined an open enrollment public school choice program implemented by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in 2002.  They found, Among applicants with low-quality neighborhood schools, [program] lottery winners are more likely than lottery…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2011
  • PDK: Republicans are winning the education debate

    In the September issue of the Phi Delta Kappan, Joan Richardson argues that the recent PDK poll indicates that Republicans are winning the education debate. When the editor looks at the PDK/Gallup Poll numbers, she sees an American public that largely has been won over by reform ideas first…
    Terry Stoops, September 16, 2011
  • American Jobs Act: Greens looking for green

    President Obama’s “American Jobs Act” includes a provision that requires states to “give priority to the use of green [building] practices.” PART I – ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS SEC. 225. STATE AND LOCAL APPLICATIONS. (F) a description of how the State will give priority to the use…
    Terry Stoops, September 15, 2011
  • SAT performance: Nothing to see here

    Resist the temptation to get upset about the drop in North Carolina’s average SAT score. Here are the details: In North Carolina, Critical Reading scores decreased by two points to 493 while Math scores declined by one point to 508. The average Writing score in 2011 was 474 –…
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2011