Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 3)

  • Digest of Education Statistics is full of education statistics!

    The U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), released the annual Digest of Education Statistics report today.  The report includes data up to 2016. Some of the more noteworthy factoids include, The pupil-staff ratio in North Carolina was 8.1 in fall 2014.  It was almost…
    Terry Stoops, February 20, 2018
  • Estimate: Only two states have more home schoolers than NC

    Estimating the number of home-school students is more art than science.  While North Carolina’s Division of Non-Public Education takes a systematic approach to counting the number of home schools and students in the state, few other states do. Every year, the A to Z Home’s Cool website publishes…
    Terry Stoops, February 19, 2018
  • Teaching positions have always been hard to fill in NC

    Just in case you need a reminder, I found the following passage in the 1975 Statistical Profile for North Carolina Public Schools.
    Terry Stoops, February 16, 2018
  • Walsh: Policies and politics cannot remove evil from the world

    Unlike those who have quickly politicized yesterday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Matt Walsh offers a different take.  In his latest column, “This Is Not About Politics Or Policy. This Is Evil. And Evil Is Everywhere,” he writes, I have sometimes noticed in myself the…
    Terry Stoops, February 15, 2018
  • Is National Board Certification worth the investment?

    In a January 18 press release, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) proudly declared that NC Ranks 1st in National Board Certified Teachers. According to the release, nearly 21,500 teachers in North Carolina, 21.6 percent of the teacher workforce, have attained certification through the National Board for Professional…
    Terry Stoops, February 15, 2018
  • NC one of four states that does not have an open enrollment policy

    The Education Commission of the States recently published a helpful infographic on open enrollment.
    Terry Stoops, February 14, 2018
  • School choice isn’t a miracle, it’s an opportunity

    Rick Hess’s U.S. News and World Report op-ed, “The Real Promise of School Choice,” is really fantastic. Here’s the grand irony: While choice advocates tend to talk mechanistically about the results of “randomized control trials” or the failures of “bureaucratic monopolies,” the real promise of school choice is its…
    Terry Stoops, February 13, 2018
  • AASA: 73 percent of superintendents say districts are inadequately funded

    I’m shocked that only 73 percent of superintendents surveyed by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) say their school districts are inadequately funded.  I am surprised that it did not exceed 90 percent.  I have yet to encounter a superintendent that did not complain about funding or one that actually…
    Terry Stoops, February 13, 2018