Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 148)

  • High school graduation awards

    This afternoon, the NC Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education will honor schools and school districts that graduated a high percentage of its students. I think my invitation got lost in the mail. According to the press release, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton, State Superintendent June Atkinson…
    Terry Stoops, October 11, 2011
  • The limits of social policy

    In “Nathan Glazer’s Warning,” Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute uses Glazer’s writings to examine the revival of federal social policy (i.e., social engineering) by the Obama administration. The following is a particularly interesting passage about the failure of federal education and training programs: Glazer, by contrast, immersed himself…
    Terry Stoops, October 10, 2011
  • New study on teacher effectiveness

    Educational Researcher (2011: vol. 40, no. 6, p. 271-80) just published an excellent article by Gary Henry (UNC-CH), Kevin Bastian (UNC-CH), and C. Kevin Fortner (GA State) titled “Stayers and Leavers: Early-Career Teacher Effectiveness and Attrition.”  The researchers examined teachers and test scores from North Carolina public schools. Henry and…
    Terry Stoops, October 7, 2011
  • Buncombe school board to support tax increase?

    Tonight, the Buncombe County school board will vote on a resolution to support raising the county sales and use tax by one-quarter cent. County residents will vote on the referendum next month. If voters approve the measure, the Buncombe County Schools will not receive any of the money.  County commissioners…
    Terry Stoops, October 6, 2011
  • What constitutes an endorsement?

    The Wake Community Network has been monitoring the Wake County school board races and the issue of endorsements recently took center stage. “That implies there’s an endorsement from the system.”  Wake County Board of Education member Kevin Hill made these remarks in relation to a Ron Margiotta campaign mailer…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011
  • Kudos to Jerry Tillman

    Jerry Tillman is a Republican state senator from Archdale and serves as co-chairman of the legislative education oversight committee.  Yesterday, Tillman’s committee heard a proposal from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to give the ACT test to all public high school juniors in North Carolina. Admittedly, I am…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011
  • Curriculum matters

    An editorial in today’s Charlotte Observer makes the case for including civil rights history in the North Carolina public school curriculum.  Here is the first paragraph: When N.C. lawmakers were pushing through a bill this year to mandate the teaching of pre-1877 history, specifically about the Founding Fathers and…
    Terry Stoops, October 4, 2011
  • NC residential school closure: A few considerations

    As you may know, state education officials have held three public hearings to help them determine which of the state’s three residential schools should be closed.  (It also makes good theater.)  The state budget requires the NC Department of Public Instruction to make their recommendations to a legislative committee…
    Terry Stoops, September 29, 2011