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 program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line, he taught English at Spotsylvania High School and served as an adjunct instructor in professional communication at the University of Mary Washington. He was a research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

Stoops earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Clarion University and a master’s degree in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education. He received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education.

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 1)

  • Richmond County School have more resources, not “less”

    In a recent Richmond County Daily Journal article, Superintendent Cindy Goodman declared that “everyone in the district should celebrate” because the Richmond County Schools “do more with less.”  Of course, it begs the question of what she means by “less.” According to N.C. Department of Public Instruction data, the…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2017
  • N.C. Court of Appeals: State Board rules require review

    In a split decision, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the State Board of Education, like other state agencies, is subject to the rules review process authorized by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and administered by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and the Rules Review Commission. For years,…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2017
  • More on millennials and school choice

    Tommy Schultz gives North Carolina a shout-out in his National Review piece, Why Millennials Support School Choice Legislative momentum has grown in recent years as well. In the past year alone, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, North Carolina, Illinois, Arizona, and Wisconsin, among others, have enacted or expanded educational choice…
    Terry Stoops, September 15, 2017
  • Millenials like school choice!

    USA Today reports on the latest GenForward survey, Dig down a bit and you’ll find that nearly two-thirds of African-Americans surveyed — 65% — support charter schools, as do 61% of Asian Americans and 58% of Latinos. Support was weakest among white respondents, but it still surpassed a majority…
    Terry Stoops, September 13, 2017
  • Few graduates meet ACT benchmarks

    State test scores will be released later today.  But we have ACT scores to analyze in the meantime! North Carolina’s 2017 ACT-tested graduating class composite score was 19.1 (on a scale from 1 to 36). Last year’s composite score was identical to the 2015-16 score.  The fact that all…
    Terry Stoops, September 7, 2017
  • Education school enrollment increases by 16 percent

    The WUNC headline is “Enrollment At NC Teaching Programs Inches Back Up,” so one may have the impression that gains in UNC education school enrollment were trivial.  That is not the case. A five year decline in North Carolina students enrolling in teaching programs appears to be turning around.
    Terry Stoops, August 18, 2017
  • Does N.C.’s curriculum require educators to teach about monuments and statues?

    Yes, it does. With news that some ruffians toppled a Confederate memorial statue in Durham, I thought it would be a good time to review what N.C. public school students learn about monuments and statues.                     The social…
    Terry Stoops, August 15, 2017
  • There is no teacher recruitment crisis in Richmond County

    The headline, “Double whammy creates teacher shortfall in Richmond County schools” sure sounds ominous!  And Richmond County Daily Journal reporter Christine Carroll goes to great lengths to play up the “crisis,” including a discussion of class size mandates passed by Republican legislators, decreases in education school enrollment, and a…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2017