Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 4)

  • A school voucher skeptic comes around

    Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, was a skeptic of vouchers until she considered how it could help her son succeed in school.  In an op-ed published by U.S. News and World Report, Lake writes, But my husband and I started adding up the money…
    Terry Stoops, June 13, 2017
  • Dalrymple: Must Educational Expenditures Increase?

    The incomparable Theodore Dalrymple in City Journal: The [Labour Party] canvasser was a pleasant lady, and I stopped to discuss educational policy with her. Both main political parties think that more money should be allocated to schools. I said that I did not believe that the abysmally low level…
    Terry Stoops, June 9, 2017
  • N.C. is the 21st best state for education

    According to the latest ranking by McKinsey & Company and U.S. News & World Report, North Carolina is the 21st best state for education.  North Carolina is 12th best for its institutions of higher education and has the 34th best system of pre-K – 12 schools.  Virginia (#10) is…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2017
  • Economists: Voucher experimentation and evaluation should continue

    In “School Vouchers: A Survey of the Economics Literature” (Journal of Economic Literature 2017, 55(2), 441–492), researchers Dennis Epple, Richard Romano, and Miguel Urquiola examine the body of research on school vouchers.  They conclude that “the evidence does not make a case for wholesale adoption of vouchers, but does…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2017
  • Information-gathering increases when choices are available

    In their NBER Working Paper, “Does Choice Increase Information? Evidence from Online School Search Behavior,” Michael F. Lovenheim and Patrick Walsh find that that parents collect more information about schools when offered educational options.  The authors write, Taken together, our results point to parents responding to increasing school choice…
    Terry Stoops, June 2, 2017
  • 2016 Gallup Student Poll

    Gallup released the annual Gallup Student Poll this week.  The poll includes 24 items related to engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and financial/career literacy. According to Gallup, students “in upper grades are less likely to be engaged and hopeful than students in lower grades.” Moreover, students “in upper grades are…
    Terry Stoops, June 1, 2017
  • Most misspelled words by state

    Most North Carolinians appear to know how to spell the name of the state. Wisconsin, on the other hand…    …
    Terry Stoops, May 31, 2017
  • The Bertie County Schools mess

    For the last few months, I have updated Locker Room readers on the financial mess in Bertie County.  Simply put, the district spent a lot more money than they had and, by doing so, violated state law and crippled the district for years to come. This month, district leaders…
    Terry Stoops, May 30, 2017