Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 178)

  • US ED: Most state math and reading standards weak

    In August, the U.S. Department of Education released a report that compared state standards and tests to the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which many consider to be the “gold standard” of standardized testing.  According to researchers, 1. There is wide variation among state proficiency standards. 2.
    Terry Stoops, October 12, 2011
  • Education budget changes in national context

    The left-leaning Center for Budget and Policy Priorities recently updated their report on changes to education budgets in 46 states. The report focused on changes between FY2008 and FY2012.  However, the CBPP comparisons of FY2011 and FY2012 budgets are more relevant to the political debate in North Carolina. According…
    Terry Stoops, October 11, 2011
  • High school graduation awards

    This afternoon, the NC Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education will honor schools and school districts that graduated a high percentage of its students. I think my invitation got lost in the mail. According to the press release, Lt. Governor Walter Dalton, State Superintendent June Atkinson…
    Terry Stoops, October 11, 2011
  • The limits of social policy

    In “Nathan Glazer’s Warning,” Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute uses Glazer’s writings to examine the revival of federal social policy (i.e., social engineering) by the Obama administration. The following is a particularly interesting passage about the failure of federal education and training programs: Glazer, by contrast, immersed himself…
    Terry Stoops, October 10, 2011
  • New study on teacher effectiveness

    Educational Researcher (2011: vol. 40, no. 6, p. 271-80) just published an excellent article by Gary Henry (UNC-CH), Kevin Bastian (UNC-CH), and C. Kevin Fortner (GA State) titled “Stayers and Leavers: Early-Career Teacher Effectiveness and Attrition.”  The researchers examined teachers and test scores from North Carolina public schools. Henry and…
    Terry Stoops, October 7, 2011
  • Buncombe school board to support tax increase?

    Tonight, the Buncombe County school board will vote on a resolution to support raising the county sales and use tax by one-quarter cent. County residents will vote on the referendum next month. If voters approve the measure, the Buncombe County Schools will not receive any of the money.  County commissioners…
    Terry Stoops, October 6, 2011
  • What constitutes an endorsement?

    The Wake Community Network has been monitoring the Wake County school board races and the issue of endorsements recently took center stage. “That implies there’s an endorsement from the system.”  Wake County Board of Education member Kevin Hill made these remarks in relation to a Ron Margiotta campaign mailer…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011
  • Kudos to Jerry Tillman

    Jerry Tillman is a Republican state senator from Archdale and serves as co-chairman of the legislative education oversight committee.  Yesterday, Tillman’s committee heard a proposal from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to give the ACT test to all public high school juniors in North Carolina. Admittedly, I am…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011