Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 187)

  • Supreme Court: Arizona’s school choice program stays

    For an excellent overview of Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, read this Wall Street Journal op-ed. Although the case centers on the issue of taxpayer standing, I am pleased that Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion and Justice Kagan’s dissenting opinion mentions James Madison’s famous “Memorial and Remonstrance.” As…
    Terry Stoops, April 5, 2011
  • Trust us, we’re doctors

    Two weeks ago, researchers at Duke University released preliminary results of a study about pre-kindergarten programs in North Carolina.  According to the press release,  "North Carolina third-graders have higher standardized reading and math scores and lower special education placement rates in those counties that had received more funding for Smart Start and More at Four when those children were younger." A full report is not available, so we do not have access to many of the specifics of the study.  But researchers have released a Power Point presentation with a summary of the sample and methodology.  For example, the study sample includes "all children of the appropriate age in a county when the program is available, regardless of whether a child participated directly."  One of the limitations of the study is that it does not include "all children who have access to the program" because the researchers "lose some of them and treatment status for some is unclear."
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2011
  • Wake County: Long travels=lower scores

    Wake County’s response to the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has people talking.  According to the News & Observer, “School officials presented data this week showing that the academic performance of elementary and middle school students who are involuntarily assigned declined the…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2011
  • Spending (and not spending) Race to the Top money

    Education Week reports that school officials in North Carolina are reshuffling the state’s $400 million federal Race to the Top grant. North Carolina says it needs more time and to devote more money—about $2.9 million more—to plan and implement a new “instructional improvement system” that aims to use technology…
    Terry Stoops, March 31, 2011
  • Poll: A clear message on charters

    Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning firm, released results from a poll that asked respondents to evaluate various education reforms and proposals.  The bottom line is that North Carolinians like charter schools. Overall, 54 percent of North Carolinians supported charter schools.  Over 60 percent of Republicans and Independents supported charters, and…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2011
  • The business of education

    The Herald-Sun has a must-read editorial that summarizes a discussion between panelists at the 2011 State of Durham’s Economy breakfast.   So, what was the editor’s takeaway? The point — one of thousands along the line of argument about how to fix education in Durham — is that Durham’s economy…
    Terry Stoops, March 30, 2011
  • Tests are boring and school should be fun

    At a town hall hosted by the Univision, Barack Obama reflected on testing and student assessment.  According to the Associated Press, “One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about…
    Terry Stoops, March 29, 2011
  • Betts: Charter bill a “natural reaction” to years of Democratic obstructionism

    Charlotte Observer columnist Jack Betts provides much needed context to the charter school debate: Proposals to raise the cap each year were advanced but those who thought charters threatened traditional public schools managed to block bills that would allow a half dozen or more new charter schools to get…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2011