Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 10)

  • School performance grades: Charters outperform districts

    Yes, I am still writing about the 2017-18 accountability results. This year, N.C. Department of Public Instruction analysts did not include a chart that compared district and charter performance grades, so I threw one together.  It shows that, compared to districts, charter schools had a higher percentage of A…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
  • Test scores mostly flat

    Today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the 2017-18 accountability results.  Statewide reading and math performance is flat.  Math scores increased in grades 7 and 8, while third-grade reading proficiency dropped by nearly two percentage points over the last year.            …
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
  • C’mon, DPI, get it together

    Slide from the September 5 presentation by the Special Committee on NCDPI Transformation:…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
  • NC’s chronic absentee rate nears 15 percent

    According to Attendance Works, chronic absenteeism is on the rise, though data collection challenges remain.  The U.S. Department of Education defines chronic absenteeism as missing 15 or more days during a school year.  As one would expect, chronic absenteeism impedes learning. The Hamilton Project, a program within the Brookings…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
  • Greene County Schools: Innovative and well-funded

    This press release from Greene County Schools is a bit much. When in the right hands, great challenge can bring great gifts. As a high poverty district in North Carolina, Greene County Schools confronts funding and equity issues constantly. Yet, they have been fortunate to have leadership relentlessly committed…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2018
  • School finance officers want more money and more flexibility

    WUNC profiles finance officers from a few North Carolina school districts.  They want the state to send them more money (naturally) and grant districts more budgetary flexibility.  The latter is one of the goals of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform, which is considering ways…
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2018
  • Suburbs have another reason to hate CMS

    On Tuesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) school board passed the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018.”  It is a stunningly brazen document.  As Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer explains, What the board did was pass the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018,” a measure that would effectively block future…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2018
  • NPR: Two-thirds of reported school shooting incidents never happened

    Kudos to NPR for doing some old-fashioned investigative journalism.  NPR reporter Anya Kamenetz writes, This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates.
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2018