K-12 education (page 9)

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Who is supposed to collect the ACP payment?

    The $57.8 million payment agreed between Gov. Cooper and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline partners remains in limbo and a new investigative committee will “probe Cooper’s involvement with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” Dan Way writes for Carolina Journal. From committee debate, it appears nobody knows, or will say, whether the…
    Joseph Coletti, September 6, 2018
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    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
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    C’mon, DPI, get it together

    Slide from the September 5 presentation by the Special Committee on NCDPI Transformation:…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
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    NC’s chronic absentee rate nears 15 percent

    According to Attendance Works, chronic absenteeism is on the rise, though data collection challenges remain.  The U.S. Department of Education defines chronic absenteeism as missing 15 or more days during a school year.  As one would expect, chronic absenteeism impedes learning. The Hamilton Project, a program within the Brookings…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018