Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 208)

  • Georgia Democrats: AdvancED “micromanaging, meddling”

    Public school districts in North Carolina and Georgia are unhappy with accreditation agency/bully AdvancED, and legislators in both states are fighting back.  In North Carolina, Republicans from Wake and Burke counties are leading the opposition, but in Georgia, African-American Democrats from the Atlanta area are objecting to AdvancED’s “micromanaging,…
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2011
  • Conservatives, tea parties, and mysterious forces

    Does "conservative" and "tea party" mean the same thing?  The writers at Education Week appear to want readers to think so.  In an article titled, "Tea partiers playing a role in some school board races," Ed Week identifies Wake County as the "best known example" of the tea party movement's involvment in school board politics.  Of course, do not ask them for evidence. They ain't got it. Though difficult to quantify, the same forces that swept conservative candidates into office on the congressional and state levels appear to be working their way down to some local races. Did you get that?  The title of the piece declares that tea partiers are playing a role in school board races, but the involvement of the tea party cannot be quantified (unless you, I don't know, polled voters in these areas).  Furthermore, there are similar "forces" that are "working their way down" to school board races.  What are these magical forces and do they have anything to do with midi-chlorians?
    Terry Stoops, April 6, 2011
  • 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