Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 3)

  • Bernie: #NeverForget

    Bernie said that he was a “socialist with a small s.”  Fair enough.
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2020
  • Superintendent candidates critical of governance

    Both Republican and Democratic candidates for superintendent of public instruction agree that North Carolina’s system of education governance does not serve the best interest of students. As I wrote last week, why would the state embark on a massive expansion of its public school apparatus…
    Terry Stoops, February 12, 2020
  • State Board and State Superintendent at it again

    The Charlotte Observer has the details: The State Board of Education is trying to put new rules on Superintendent Mark Johnson following his controversial decision to award an emergency contract of more than $900,000 to use a testing program. State board members have questioned Johnson’s decision last…
    Terry Stoops, February 6, 2020
  • CMS altered bond projects without telling the public, board

    The Charlotte Observer has the scoop: Less than three years ago, voters overwhelmingly approved the biggest school bond package in Mecklenburg County history — nearly $1 billion to build new classrooms, repair old buildings and relieve overcrowding. But documents show that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administrators last year scaled back plans…
    Terry Stoops, February 5, 2020
  • Grading standards matter

    In a recent Fordham Institute study, Seth Gershenson of American University examined Algebra I grades and test scores from North Carolina public school students to determine if tougher grading standards raised student test scores and produced other positive outcomes.  He summarizes his findings for EducationNext: Students assigned to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
  • WTVD dunks on the N.C. Association of Educators

    This teacher pay story is solid gold.  From WTVD reporter Julie Wilson: Back to May of 2019, that massive rally left no room on the stage for Republicans to speak, despite a request from the State Treasurer made in advance with hopes of explaining benefits. “Many folks asked us to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
  • Draft report: NC teacher attrition drops significantly

    Wow, look at that drop in teacher attrition!  It will be hard to argue that Republican policies are pushing teachers out of the classroom. The State Board of Education will review the full Annual Report on the State of the Teaching Profession next week.
    Terry Stoops, January 30, 2020
  • DPI responds to criticism of revised social studies standards

    In December, I wrote about my concerns with the revised standards for the American history course.  A few days ago, N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff responded to some of those concerns. DPI staff contend that the standards are “conceptually-written or broadly stated to focus on concepts and…
    Terry Stoops, January 28, 2020