Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 187)

  • Charters among best schools in the state

    According to a preliminary analysis of last year’s state test results, 23.5 percent of charter schools received the state’s top classification – Honor School of Excellence.  Only 7.9 percent of regular/traditional public schools received that honor.
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
  • Charter schools outscore traditional public schools… again

    I compared the average performance composites of all regular/traditional public schools and all charter schools.  (Note: All schools classified by the Department of Public Instruction as “alternative” were not included.)  The performance composite is the percentage of students performing at or above grade level (Level III) on all state tests…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
  • A first look at state test results

    According to a Department of Public Instruction press release, North Carolina’s graduation rates increased and test scores decreased last year.   We do not know why the graduation rate and pass rate are going in separate directions. One possible explanation is that the weak job market encouraged academically weak students…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
  • Commentary on the Save Our Schools (SOS) march

    On Saturday, a few thousand angry teachers took to the streets of Washington, DC to protest standardized testing and unkindness.  I will go into greater detail about the march in my weekly education newsletter (published on Tuesdays).  For now, I encourage readers to take a look at Jay Greene’s…
    Terry Stoops, August 1, 2011
  • The Google effect: Internet as a personal memory bank

    In “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” Betsy Sparrow, Jenny Liu, and Daniel M. Wegner examine the relationship between personal memory and the use of the Internet to access information instantly.  They hypothesize that the Internet encourages individuals to “store” information outside themselves,…
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2011
  • CMS PR campaign, phase two: Blame the process

    Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have initiated phase two of their public relations campaign. Phase one, what Meck Deck blogger Tara Servatius calls the “oh-so-broke shuffle,” is complete.  Phase two is in full swing.   CMS officials and their boosters now blame the “budget process”…
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2011
  • North Carolinians know bad writing

    The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is a “whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.” Winner, Adventure: From the limbs of ancient live oaks moccasins hung like fat black sausages — which are sometimes called boudin noir, black pudding or blood pudding, though why anyone would refer…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2011
  • A victory for those who value local control

    State Administrative Law Judge Joe Webster ruled that Macon County Schools can start classes on August 4, as planned. As I described in a previous Locker Room post, the State Board of Education granted Macon County Schools a waiver to begin classes before August 25, the statutory school…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2011