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)

  • Study: State-funded preschool has “adverse effects on academic achievement”

    From “Effects of the Tennessee Prekindergarten Program on children’s achievement and behavior through third grade,” an article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, At the end of pre-k, pre-k participants in the consented subsample performed better than control children on a battery of achievement tests, with non-native English speakers…
    Terry Stoops, July 16, 2018
  • Fixing the Currently Biased State K-12 Education Rankings

    Fixing the Currently Biased State K-12 Education Rankings by Stan J. Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly of the University of Texas at Dallas is your “must-read” study of the day. Liebowitz and Kelly find that rankings produced by U.S. News & World Report and Education Week are unreliable and…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
  • The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining

    A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) paper, The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining, won’t be welcomed by teacher unions. Authors Michael Lovenheim and Alexander Willén write, We find robust evidence that exposure to teacher collective bargaining laws worsens the future labor market outcomes of men: in the…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
  • Private school enrollment up 1.2 percent, hits 101,775 students

    As promised, here are the private school statistics for the 2017-18 school year! During the 2017-18 school year, 101,775 students attended 767 private schools in North Carolina.  Enrollment increased by 1,190 students or 1.2 percent from the year before. Mecklenburg and Wake counties led the pack with 18,506 and…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
  • Home school enrollment up 6.2 percent, exceeds 135,000 students

    The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education published home and private school enrollment figures!  I will tackle the private school numbers in a separate blog post. During the 2017-18 school year, an estimated 135,749 students attended 86,753 home schools in North Carolina.  Enrollment increased 6.2 percent from the year before…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
  • Gordon-Stella: Durham charter schools committed to all students

    In an op-ed published in the Durham Herald-Sun, Lisa Gordon-Stella, a member of the Durham Charter Schools Collaborative, writes, Despite each school’s different approaches, the DCC’s focus is on collaborating to improve the educational outcomes of all children regardless of race or socioeconomic status. We know that there is…
    Terry Stoops, July 3, 2018
  • Candidate for NEA committee ready for revolution

    The 2018 National Education Association’s (NEA) Representative Assembly meeting is in Minneapolis this week. This, um, bold statement from a candidate for the NEA’s Executive Committee caught my eye:…
    Terry Stoops, July 2, 2018
  • Define terms like “adequate funding” and “full funding” of schools

    “NC Influencers say state needs to give schools enough money and close achievement gap” is an article that is part of the News & Observer’s The Influencer Series.  Here are a few quotes from the piece: “While many of these issues are very important, adequate funding is the most…
    Terry Stoops, July 2, 2018