Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 184)

  • American Jobs Act: Greens looking for green

    President Obama’s “American Jobs Act” includes a provision that requires states to “give priority to the use of green [building] practices.” PART I – ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS SEC. 225. STATE AND LOCAL APPLICATIONS. (F) a description of how the State will give priority to the use…
    Terry Stoops, September 15, 2011
  • SAT performance: Nothing to see here

    Resist the temptation to get upset about the drop in North Carolina’s average SAT score. Here are the details: In North Carolina, Critical Reading scores decreased by two points to 493 while Math scores declined by one point to 508. The average Writing score in 2011 was 474 –…
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2011
  • Obama visits NC – Will revisits Obama

    George Will’s latest column is brilliant.  It is difficult to pick one passage to highlight here.  I’ll do it anyway. During the debt-ceiling debate, The New York Times, liberalism’s bulletin board, was aghast that Republicans risked causing the nation to default on its debt. Now two Times columnists endorse…
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2011
  • State education governance

    The General Assembly is contemplating a proposed constitutional amendment that would, among other changes, allow the legislature to appoint four individuals to the State Board of Education (SBE).  Currently, the governor appoints all eleven members to the SBE, including the chair.  Members serve staggered, eight-year terms. If passed in…
    Terry Stoops, September 13, 2011
  • Nonunion teacher advocates

    Education Week notes that nonunion teacher advocacy organizations are on the rise. In general, the groups’ origins, goals, and purposes remain diverse, and their work continues to evolve. Where the groups seem to converge, though, is that their members are gradually becoming involved in conversations about policy, ranging from…
    Terry Stoops, September 12, 2011
  • Rick Hess on Obama plan: “That’s Really All He’s Got”

    The entire blog post is worth reading.  Here are the first two paragraphs: When I heard the makeup of the President’s double-secret, anxiously awaited plan to create millions of jobs and make America happy again, I unaccountably found myself flashing on the scene in “Knocked Up” where Seth Rogen…
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2011
  • What makes NC’s KIPP charter schools successful?

    Opponents of charter schools often argue that charter public schools owe their success to parents who are motivated enough to exercise a school choice option.  According to this account, charter schools themselves do little to increase student achievement.  Rather, they attract more engaged and “connected” parents who were likely to…
    Terry Stoops, September 8, 2011
  • Troubled schools try mimicking charters

    In Houston and Denver, district schools have adopted some of the successful strategies used by charter schools. In the first experiment of its kind in the country, the Houston public schools are testing whether techniques proven successful in high-performing urban charters can also help raise achievement in regular public…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2011