Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 3)

  • Are schools engines of opportunity or agents of inequality? It’s complicated.

    A new Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis working paper examines educational opportunities for elementary and middle school students in nearly all U.S. school districts.  Stanford University researcher Sean Reardon, who posed the question that I used in the title, found, First, there is enormous variation among districts in…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2017
  • Average class sizes, 2016-17

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released its 2016-17 report card data.  The average class sizes were as follows: Grade/Course Average Class Size (2016-17) Kindergarten 19 01 19 02 19 03 19 04 21 05 21 06 22 07 21 08 22 09 20 10 20 11 20…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2017
  • Antonucci: NEA affiliates in right-to-work states are labor unions

    In his latest column, “Five Common Teachers Union Arguments — That Rely on Half-Truths,” Mike Antonucci tackles some of the questionable claims that teacher union leaders make. The first one hits close to home: “NEA and AFT affiliates in right-to-work states are not labor unions.”  So, is the N.C.
    Terry Stoops, November 30, 2017
  • Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education meets today

    Governor Cooper’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education meets today. The mission of the group is to “assess the State of North Carolina’s ability to staff schools with competent, well-trained teachers and principals and the State’s commitment of resources to public education.”  Let’s face it.  The mission of…
    Terry Stoops, November 30, 2017
  • Majority missed at least six weeks of school, graduated anyway

    Investigative journalists discovered that a school where “every senior got into college” allowed students with numerous unexcused absences to graduate. An investigation by WAMU and NPR has found that Ballou High School’s administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. We reviewed hundreds of pages of…
    Terry Stoops, November 28, 2017
  • Private Islamic schools are not terrorist training grounds

    At the 2013 N.C. School Boards Association’s Public Policy Conference, then-Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson remarked, With the voucher legislation that we have we could be in dangerous territory as far as taxpayers’ dollars going to private schools. There is nothing in the legislation that would prevent someone…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
  • N.C. average student loan debt one of the lowest in the Southeast

    According to Business Insider, the average student loan debt per college graduate in North Carolina is around $14,800.  In the Southeast, only Florida ($12,900) and Louisiana ($13,400) were lower. Utah had the lowest average of the 50 states and D.C., while New Hampshire had the highest.  College graduates in…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
  • Overview of Tuesday’s school board elections

    On Tuesday, voters in four counties went to the polls to elect school board members for 16 seats.  Here is what happened in each. Burke County Number of seats: 3 Partisan? No Winners: Buddy Armour (Central District), Sam Wilkinson (Eastern District), Seth P. Hunt, Jr. (Western District) Hot Take:…
    Terry Stoops, November 9, 2017