About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

Budget rummage: Study of charter school closure funds

Currently, charter schools are required to obtain a $50,000 surety bond (or have a documentation of a comparable escrow account, letter of credit, or deed of trust) that would cover expenses “related to closure proceedings in the event of a voluntary or involuntary dissolution of the charter school.”  Carolina Journal covered the issue here. TheContinue Reading

Budget rummage: Accountability review

Under current law, the State Board of Education (SBE) is required to review North Carolina’s accountability program every five years.  State education officials initiated the latest review process last year. On page 75 of the proposed state budget, lawmakers appear to have eliminated that requirement.  While eliminating the requirement would allow the SBE to reviewContinue Reading

Budget rummage: County district mergers

Currently, the State Board of Education (SBE) has the authority to “approve agreements submitted by county and city boards of education requesting the merger” of two or more school districts.  The appointed members of the board cannot unilaterally merge them. If the budget passes in its current form, the SBE would have the authority toContinue Reading

A worldwide teacher shortage?

We’ve heard a lot about the recent drop in education school enrollments at North Carolina colleges and universities.  Despite the implication that Republicans are to blame, North Carolina is mirroring a nationwide trend. Yesterday, I encountered a story about similar problems in England. Education secretary Nicky Morgan has admitted that schools in England are facingContinue Reading

Additional information on Lee County performance

Folks in Lee County have had a lot to say about my blog post, Growth scores indicate crisis at Lee HS, Newton-Conover MS. Because there has been so much interest, I thought that I would talk about all schools in Lee County, not just Lee County High School.  The following is a scatterplot of allContinue Reading

Atkinson: Dems didn’t do enough to help SAT test takers

The College Board released SAT test scores for the state and nation yesterday.  North Carolina’s average combined score dropped by five points.   The national average score is at its lowest point in the last decade. Rather than acknowledge that North Carolina is following a nationwide trend, Superintendent of Public Instruction took a different angle.  AccordingContinue Reading

Growth scores indicate crisis at Lee HS, Newton-Conover MS

I am not trying to pick on either school or school district and I do not use the word “crisis” for effect. When I created the scatterplot of economically disadvantaged students and growth for all schools in North Carolina, I noticed two outliers, Newton-Conover Middle School and Lee County High School.  These schools had theContinue Reading

No correlation between students’ growth and socioeconomic status

The Education Value Added Assessment System (EVAAS) is a computer program developed by SAS that tracks growth in student test scores from one year to the next.  There is a reasonable expectation that students will demonstrate growth every school year, regardless of their starting point or demographics.  According to the website, “SAS EVAAS analyses showContinue Reading

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