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)

  • Florida voucher program yields big benefits for children

    Between 2002 and 2017, Florida expanded its private school voucher program, and according to a new NBER study, children who participated in the program were the big winners. Expansion of the program produced modestly larger benefits for students attending public schools that had a larger initial degree of private…
    Terry Stoops, February 18, 2020
  • Achievement gaps “have been large and remarkably constant for a near half century”

    In their new NBER study, “The Unwavering SES Achievement Gap: Trends in U.S. Student Performance,” Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson, M. Danish Shakeel, Laura Talpey and Ludger Woessmann conclude, Two startling results emerge from this analysis of long-term trends in student achievement gaps and levels across the SES distribution. First,…
    Terry Stoops, February 17, 2020
  • Bernie: #NeverForget

    Bernie said that he was a “socialist with a small s.”  Fair enough.
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2020
  • Superintendent candidates critical of governance

    Both Republican and Democratic candidates for superintendent of public instruction agree that North Carolina’s system of education governance does not serve the best interest of students. As I wrote last week, why would the state embark on a massive expansion of its public school apparatus…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2020
  • State Board and State Superintendent at it again

    The Charlotte Observer has the details: The State Board of Education is trying to put new rules on Superintendent Mark Johnson following his controversial decision to award an emergency contract of more than $900,000 to use a testing program. State board members have questioned Johnson’s decision last…
    Terry Stoops, February 6, 2020
  • CMS altered bond projects without telling the public, board

    The Charlotte Observer has the scoop: Less than three years ago, voters overwhelmingly approved the biggest school bond package in Mecklenburg County history — nearly $1 billion to build new classrooms, repair old buildings and relieve overcrowding. But documents show that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administrators last year scaled back plans…
    Terry Stoops, February 5, 2020
  • Grading standards matter

    In a recent Fordham Institute study, Seth Gershenson of American University examined Algebra I grades and test scores from North Carolina public school students to determine if tougher grading standards raised student test scores and produced other positive outcomes.  He summarizes his findings for EducationNext: Students assigned to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
  • WTVD dunks on the N.C. Association of Educators

    This teacher pay story is solid gold.  From WTVD reporter Julie Wilson: Back to May of 2019, that massive rally left no room on the stage for Republicans to speak, despite a request from the State Treasurer made in advance with hopes of explaining benefits. “Many folks asked us to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020