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)

  • Are some teachers planning to protest on a school day again?

    It certainly seems that way. If teachers are planning to have a “day of action” that starts on a Monday at 10 am, then it appears that some teachers will need to take a personal day to attend. Teachers in Wake County have a workday on September 30th, but teachers in…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2019
  • Memories of the passage of the N.C. Education Lottery

    Today’s surprise vote on the North Carolina budget bill reminded folks of the vote that authorized the lottery.  Here is an Associated Press clipping from the Rocky Mount Telegram about the passage of the lottery bill in the N.C. Senate:              …
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2019
  • Ned Barnett Shout-Out

    I have never met Ned Barnett, the associate opinion editor of the News & Observer.  But he shows me a little love in an op-ed published today: Terry Stoops, vice president of research for the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, is the reliable defender of the Republicans’ educational malpractice. On…
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2019
  • Do soda taxes reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages?

    A study of the implementation of a soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Oakland, CA suggests that it didn’t.  Here is the abstract of “Oakland’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Impacts on Prices, Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children,” a recent NBER working paper: Several cities in the U.S.
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2019
  • Education Week: NC schools earn a C-

    Education Week released the 2019 Quality Counts Report Card.  The report card evaluates state public school systems using three categories: Chance for Success, School Finance, and K-12 Achievement. North Carolina earned a C+ for Chance for Success, a D for School Finance, and a C- for K-12 Achievement.  The…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: Reactions

    Whenever you hear complaints about Innovative School District and charter schools (particularly virtual charter schools) that earn low school performance grades, remember that those grades “fail to account for the many factors that contribute to, and greatly inhibit overall student success.”…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: Title I schools that excelled

    Title I schools have a high concentration of disadvantaged students and receive additional funds from the federal government to serve them. Below is a list of Title I schools that received an A or B grade for the performance of economically disadvantaged students (subgroup) on state standardized tests. District…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

    North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade). In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019