Terry Stoops

Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Posts by Terry Stoops (page 6)

  • Do soda taxes reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages?

    A study of the implementation of a soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Oakland, CA suggests that it didn’t.  Here is the abstract of “Oakland’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Impacts on Prices, Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children,” a recent NBER working paper: Several cities in the U.S.
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2019
  • Education Week: NC schools earn a C-

    Education Week released the 2019 Quality Counts Report Card.  The report card evaluates state public school systems using three categories: Chance for Success, School Finance, and K-12 Achievement. North Carolina earned a C+ for Chance for Success, a D for School Finance, and a C- for K-12 Achievement.  The…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: Reactions

    Whenever you hear complaints about Innovative School District and charter schools (particularly virtual charter schools) that earn low school performance grades, remember that those grades “fail to account for the many factors that contribute to, and greatly inhibit overall student success.”…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: Title I schools that excelled

    Title I schools have a high concentration of disadvantaged students and receive additional funds from the federal government to serve them. Below is a list of Title I schools that received an A or B grade for the performance of economically disadvantaged students (subgroup) on state standardized tests. District…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

    North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade). In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: Graduation rate

    Yeah, I know.  Graduation rates are not test scores. The four-year “cohort” graduation rate is the percentage of students who enter ninth grade and graduate four years later.  Last year, 86.5 percent of students graduated with their freshman cohort in four years.  This was slightly higher than the 2017-18 cohort…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: School performance growth

    Proficiency is one way to measure student performance.  Growth is another.  While proficiency is determined by the number of questions answered correctly, growth captures performance relative to scores on previous tests.  A student may not reach proficiency, but they may demonstrate positive growth.  Likewise, a student may be proficient,…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
  • Test scores 2018-19: Elementary and middle school reading, math, and science

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released state test scores for all public schools.  I’ll share some of the highlights on the Locker Room blog throughout the day. Students in grades 3-8 statewide (reading): 57.2 percent of students in grades 3-8 were considered Grade Level Proficient (GLP).  This…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019