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An academic transparency requirement for public schools is long overdue

This week, Reps. Hugh Blackwell, John Torbett, Jon Hardister, and Jeffrey Elmore filed House Bill 755: Academic Transparency.  The bill would require teachers to post instructional materials used during the school year on a school website by July 1 of each year.

Why is this measure necessary?  In my Carolina Journal article, “What are teachers teaching? We have no idea,” I discuss how little North Carolinians know about the “mind-boggling variation in instructional methods, tasks assigned to students, and tests used to determine their progress.”  One solution that I outline in that article is to require teachers to outline their activities on a publicly accessible website.  To ensure that the requirement does not interfere with the day-to-day activities of teachers, the deadline would be July 1.  Moreover, it does not compel teachers to include minute details about the lessons delivered.

I commend Blackwell, Torbett, Hardister, and Elmore for recognizing the need for academic transparency and filing a bill to address it.

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

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...