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    NC high school quiz asks about “glassware to make…meth” and “murdering rednecks with minivans”

    From WTVD: An economics quiz at Kings Mountain High School asked students: “If Josh is trying to become a drug dealer, he is going to need some supplies like glassware to make his meth. Which of the four factors of production would glassware be?” The test also quizzes students…
    Terry Stoops, September 7, 2021
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    The pandemic hit female public school students the hardest

    Here is my preliminary analysis of state test score changes by subgroup.  Females and American Indian or Alaska Native students had some of the largest proficiency drops among the reported subgroups.  Asian students fared best. Code Name Subject Grade Type Subgroup Percent Grade-Level Proficient 2019 Percent Grade-Level Proficient 2021…
    Terry Stoops, September 2, 2021
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    2021 Education Next Poll: Strong Support for Annual Testing Requirements

    More from the 2021 Education Next poll released this week. While many parents believe that children take too many tests throughout the school year, respondents agreed that federal testing requirements for math and reading should remain in place.  This includes a majority of teachers (52%).
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2021
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    U.S. Department of Education waives testing/reporting requirements

    It’s official. The Trump administration granted a one-year waiver to states that will open the door to the elimination of statewide testing for the 2019-2020 school year.  North Carolina lawmakers and state education officials should follow suit.  If they do, numerous test-based program requirements would require waivers from the…
    Terry Stoops, March 20, 2020
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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