accountability

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    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
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    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
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    ACT scores put the “tar” in Tar Heel

    According to ACT scores released today, only 18 percent of North Carolina high school students met college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math, and science.  And since 2014, North Carolina’s composite ACT score has barely budged and remains below the national average. According to Education Week, the national average…
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2018
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    State Agency: We’re Installing GPS In State Vehicles To Increase Tracking

    Upon news of this audit from Beth Wood’s office, as reported by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way: A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary…
    Donna Martinez, November 30, 2017
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    Few graduates meet ACT benchmarks

    State test scores will be released later today.  But we have ACT scores to analyze in the meantime! North Carolina’s 2017 ACT-tested graduating class composite score was 19.1 (on a scale from 1 to 36). Last year’s composite score was identical to the 2015-16 score.  The fact that all…
    Terry Stoops, September 7, 2017
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    A Better “Care Package” for Test Takers

    My son’s public school has asked parents to donate items for “care packages” that are designed to “promote a positive and encouraging End of Grade Testing environment.”  They have asked for the following items: two No. 2 pencils, one highlighter, a few peppermint candies, a small bag of chips, a…
    Terry Stoops, May 22, 2017
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    McShane: Rethink School Accountability

    In a recent piece for U.S. News and World Report, Michael McShane, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, nails it. Differing conceptions of accountability have become equated with being “for” or “against” the idea, in toto. But which is…
    Terry Stoops, February 1, 2017
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    Real Accountability Is Choice, Not Regulation

    In an excellent article published on Jay Greene’s blog, Jason Bedrick, who was just named the national policy director at EdChoice, pushes back on the idea that parental choice is not “real” accountability. As I explained at the Heritage Foundation earlier this week, true accountability is when service providers…
    Terry Stoops, January 31, 2017