Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 5)

  • Teacher diversity and charter schools

    In “Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?” New York Times reporter Claire Cain Miller writes, As students have returned to school, they have been greeted by teachers who, more likely than not, are white women. That means many students will be continuing to…
    Terry Stoops, September 13, 2018
  • NCTQ wrong to blame “fiercely anti-tax movement” for low teacher salaries

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is usually the voice of reason in debates about the teaching profession.  But NCTQ president Kate Walsh’s statement on a new USA Today and CBS News poll is little more than pandering to public school advocacy groups and teacher unions.  She…
    Terry Stoops, September 12, 2018
  • Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

    Emily Hanford’s article, Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read, is a superb look at the politics, science, and practice of teaching reading in public schools. Hanford asks Mark Seidenberg, a cognitive neuroscientist and author of the book “Language at the Speed of Sight,” to identify…
    Terry Stoops, September 12, 2018
  • An divisive view of the 9-11 attacks

    Justin Perry, the co-chair of Mecklenburg County school diversity organization OneMeck, writes in today’s Charlotte Observer, Never forget! These powerful two words will be highlighted, yelled, and displayed ubiquitously throughout the country as we remember Sept. 11. Never forget the terror that was inflicted on this country. Never forget…
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2018
  • Did NC ditch Common Core? Nope.

    Amber Northern and Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute argue that North Carolina’s mathematics standards are weak because the state “ditched Common Core.” This is not true. North Carolina reviewed and revised the Common Core math standards, which were adopted by the N.C. State Board of…
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2018
  • School performance grades: Charters outperform districts

    Yes, I am still writing about the 2017-18 accountability results. This year, N.C. Department of Public Instruction analysts did not include a chart that compared district and charter performance grades, so I threw one together.  It shows that, compared to districts, charter schools had a higher percentage of A…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
  • Test scores mostly flat

    Today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the 2017-18 accountability results.  Statewide reading and math performance is flat.  Math scores increased in grades 7 and 8, while third-grade reading proficiency dropped by nearly two percentage points over the last year.            …
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
  • C’mon, DPI, get it together

    Slide from the September 5 presentation by the Special Committee on NCDPI Transformation:…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018