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 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)

  • District enrollment market share was 76.6% last year

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year.  With that figure published, we can determine the enrollment market shares for the pandemic school year. The district market share dropped from 79.2% in 2019-20 to 76.6% in 2020-21.
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2021
  • District enrollment dropped by over 64,000 students last year

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year. Last year, the final ADM for districts was 1,344,758 students.  The final ADM for the 2019-20 school year was 1,409,179 students. The district market share dropped from 79.2% in…
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2021
  • NC high school quiz asks about “glassware to make…meth” and “murdering rednecks with minivans”

    From WTVD: An economics quiz at Kings Mountain High School asked students: “If Josh is trying to become a drug dealer, he is going to need some supplies like glassware to make his meth. Which of the four factors of production would glassware be?” The test also quizzes students…
    Terry Stoops, September 7, 2021
  • The pandemic hit female public school students the hardest

    Here is my preliminary analysis of state test score changes by subgroup.  Females and American Indian or Alaska Native students had some of the largest proficiency drops among the reported subgroups.  Asian students fared best. Code Name Subject Grade Type Subgroup Percent Grade-Level Proficient 2019 Percent Grade-Level Proficient 2021…
    Terry Stoops, September 2, 2021
  • 2021 Education Next Poll: Support for Mask Requirements Vary by Race and Political Affiliation

    My third and final blog post about the 2021 Education Next poll. Majorities of Black, Hispanic, and Democratic respondents strongly support mask requirements.  Parents (47%) and teachers (45%) seem to be on the same page as the general public (44%).  …
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2021
  • 2021 Education Next Poll: Strong Support for Annual Testing Requirements

    More from the 2021 Education Next poll released this week. While many parents believe that children take too many tests throughout the school year, respondents agreed that federal testing requirements for math and reading should remain in place.  This includes a majority of teachers (52%).
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2021
  • 2021 Education Next Poll: Teacher Unions are Unpopular

    Education Next released its 2021 poll this week.  As usual, the poll offers tremendous insight into public opinion about public schools and other education matters. First up: teacher unions. A majority of teachers (68%) and Democrats (50%) believe that unions have a positive effect.  No one else agrees.  Remarkably,…
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2021
  • Video of Brutal Fight and Shooting at New Hanover High School in Wilmington

    No child should be compelled to remain in this unsafe environment. Scene from inside New Hanover HS (Wilmington NC) this morning. School is on lockdown as gunshots are heard towards end of clip. No further details at this time. @WWAY @FoxNews @nsjnews…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2021