Terry Stoops

Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 224)

  • NC and 20 other states passed concussion laws this year

    A very interesting article in Education Week tackles the issue of concussion laws.  According to the article, only 11 states had a concussion law on the books at this time last year.  This year, North Carolina was one of 20 states and the District of Columbia to pass legislation…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2011
  • The Pre-K crystal ball

    The editors of the News & Observer crack me up. In their latest missive, they insist that state legislators should have seen Judge Howard Manning’s ruling on pre-kindergarten programs “from miles away.”  Really?  If it is was so obvious, then why didn’t the editors of the N&O see…
    Terry Stoops, August 9, 2011
  • Atkinson: Test score drop reflects “continued education cuts…”

    According to the News & Observer, State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson argued, “I do believe that these [test score] drops reflect the continued education cuts we’ve had to make the past few years.” A few thoughts on the claim: 1. If Atkinson is going to make this argument, she…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
  • Graduation rates: Charters vs. traditional public schools

    Last year, charter schools had a graduation rate of 78.8 percent, which was slightly lower than the 80.9 percent rate posted by regular/traditional public schools. Keep in mind that over 104,000 traditional public school students were eligible for graduation, compared to around 1,400 charter school students.  Because of this difference,…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2011
  • 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