Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 183)

  • Global Report Card: Top performing NC districts/ schools

    Description: The Global Report Card (GRC) was developed to compare academic achievement in math and reading between 2004 and 2007 for U.S. school districts to the average achievement in a set of 25 countries with developed economies. Math 5. Magellan Charter (Wake County) 37. Metrolina Regional (Mecklenburg County) 56.
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2011
  • Vedder: Who Should Educate the Educators?

    Richard Vedder’s take on schools of education is nothing new, but it is still an enjoyable read. From The Chronicle of Higher Education website, The bottom line: I have long favored defunding schools of education, disallowing state subsidies to universities for courses taken in them, and even making it…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2011
  • Does Cynthia Matson have the power to levy federal taxes?

    Cynthia Matson is a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Wake County Board of Education.  Matt Goodall of Mordecai confronts Ms. Matson is a letter published by the News & Observer. At the District 5 school board candidate forum, Cynthia Matson declared that schools in less…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2011
  • Obama whips out the waiver wand

    Does your state want to be exempted from undesirable accountability requirements imposed by the No Child Left Behind law?  President Obama’s got you covered (as long as you play by his rules).  According to the Washington Post, Senior administration officials said waivers will be awarded to states that adopt…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2011
  • Durham gets meaningless AdvancED blessing

    AdvancED announced that the Durham Public Schools is on the road to receiving full accreditation.  As you may recall, AdvancED is the same accreditation outfit that threatened to revoke Wake County Schools accreditation for reasons that had nothing to do with the performance of schools in the district. Speaking of performance, let's take a look at the performance of schools in Durham last year (see table below).  Without a doubt, state test results suggest that Durham has a handful of excellent schools.  It also has 17 schools, not including Lakeview and DPL, that fail to get at least 60 percent of its students at or above grade level on state tests (see Performance Composite).  The state categorizes these schools as "Low performing" and "Priority" schools (see ABC Status).  Apparently, the AdvancED folks do not have a problem with this.  Indeed, AdvancED did not think twice about accrediting the Halifax County Schools, one of the lowest performing districts in the state. Once again, it is proof that AdvancED accreditation does not mean much about the quality of the schools in a district.  Credit the General Assembly for creating an alternative.
    Terry Stoops, September 22, 2011
  • How did CMS win the Broad Prize?

    Yesterday, I noted that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) won the 2011 Broad Prize for Urban Education.  Tara Servatius added some excellent commentary and context. I reviewed the data compiled by the Broad Foundation and suspect that CMS won based on two metrics.  The first was a residuals analysis, a…
    Terry Stoops, September 21, 2011
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Wins Broad Prize

    At first, I thought that CMS received the Broad Prize because the district had close ties to the Broad Foundation.  Former superintendent Peter Gorman was a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy and he received help from Broad to implement a performance pay program for teachers.  According to Education…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2011
  • Impressive new evidence that school choice works

    In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, a quartet of Ivy League professors examined an open enrollment public school choice program implemented by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in 2002.  They found, Among applicants with low-quality neighborhood schools, [program] lottery winners are more likely than lottery…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2011