About: Terry Stoops

Recent Posts by Terry Stoops

Deja Vu All Over Again

Wait, did you say something about  “Propaganda machines on the Right” trying to convince us/people that the folks running the General Assembly support public education? Just joshing, man.  Fight the power!

Huffpost: “Most American Teachers Don’t Look Like Their Students”

I hope no teachers look like their students.  That would be creepy – like an Orphan Black sort of thing. Of course the Huffpost article addresses differences in the racial and ethnic composition of the teacher workforce compared to the students they teach.  According to the article, But teacher demographics are not keeping pace withContinue Reading

U.S. schools are not efficient

Courtesy of Education Week: The U.S. ranks 19th out of 30 countries in the outcomes it gets from its investments in education, according to “The Efficiency Index: Which education systems deliver the best value for the money?,” a report released Thursday by GEMS Education Solutions, a London-based education consultancy. Finland, Korea, and the Czech Republic were deemedContinue Reading

NC teacher turnover rate lower than national average

Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, published “Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2012-13 Teacher Follow-up Survey.”  Researchers from the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed a representative sample of the elementary and secondary school teachers who participated in the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS),Continue Reading

Preliminary analysis: Charters win again

This morning state officials released test scores for the 2013-14 school year .  As I do every year, I have calculated proficiency rates for charter and district schools. Please note that the figures below are the median achievement level percentage by school for all subjects.  They do not account for differences in student population orContinue Reading

The most ridiculous “take your job and shove it” story yet

Courtesy of WRAL: Barbara Hawley taught school for 15 years before resigning two weeks ago from her job as a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Union Elementary School in northern Wake County.  She said years of eroding respect in her profession had finally worn her down. “It’s been a long and frustrating road,” Hawley said Friday.Continue Reading

Wake County teacher salary schedules: Before and after the raise

The N.C. General Assembly increased teacher pay. But changes to the structure of the salary schedule make it difficult for taxpayers to understand the dynamics of the raise. Below is a comparison of Wake County’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 teacher salary schedules.  The annual salary listed includes the local salary supplement, which is one of theContinue Reading

Attention media: Do not do this

Next week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will release state test results for the 2013-14 school year.  Last year’s results cannot be compared to the 2012-13 scores because the N.C. State Board of Education moved from four achievement levels in 2012-13 to five achievement levels in 2013-14.  In both cases, a Level III scoreContinue Reading

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