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 not thrilled with the idea, mostly because of the plan’s steep price tag ($5.5 million).  That aside, Tillman’s response was spot on, “It’s better than what we had.  What we had wasn’t comparing us with anybody except county to county.”

Of course, this is a pretty big gamble for state education officials.  The ACT will put the rigor (or lack thereof) of our high schools and the validity of our graduation rate to the test.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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