accountability (page 2)

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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
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    Report questions rigor of state tests

    A new report published by the American Institutes for Research suggests that North Carolina’s testing standards are not comparable to the rigorous National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement levels. In “National Benchmarks for State Achievement Standards,” Gary Phillips concludes that, despite Common Core’s promise of uniformity and increased…
    Terry Stoops, February 23, 2016
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    Don’t Count Millennials Out

      It’s election day for Raleigh. And by this time, you’ve certainly heard a lot of talk about the future of our city. You’ve heard about vibrancy. You’ve heard about regulation. You’ve heard about resident complaints. No doubt, you’ve heard more than you wanted to. (And if you haven’t, then…
    Kari Travis, October 6, 2015
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    NEA supports opting out of standardized tests, so you shouldn’t

    At their annual Representative Assembly meeting yesterday, the National Education Association (NEA) voted to support the movement to opt out of standardized tests. That should be reason enough for conservatives to keep their distance from the opt out movement. Many lefties believe the opt out movement is the first…
    Terry Stoops, July 7, 2015
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    NC House should keep testing, Founding Principles reviews

    I’m reviewing proposed special provisions associated with H.B. 97, 2015 Appropriations Act (pdf). The House Appropriations Committee on Education recommendation is to strike the following  language currently in Chapter 115C-105.35 of the NC General Statutes. During the 2004-2005 school year and at least every five years…
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2015
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    How much value do NC colleges add?

    A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings outlines a novel way to evaluate colleges: by measuring value added. In “Beyond College Rankings,” two Brookings scholars attempt to isolate the effect of college on student outcomes, “above and beyond what students’ backgrounds would predict.” Here’s how some…
    Jenna A. Robinson, April 29, 2015
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    Invasive Health Assessment Takes “NEXT STEP”

    Earlier this month, I wrote on the invasive health assessment form used for 5 year old kindergarten students. Last week the New Hanover School Board got a presentation from the County Manager’s Office, showing HOW this information can be used. Remember, these forms are NOT “voluntary,” but required…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, April 28, 2015
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    Parental school choice = accountability

    Joseph Bast, Lindsey M. Burke, Andrew J. Coulson, Robert Enlow, Kara Kerwin, and Herbert J. Walberg published a must-read joint letter on school choice and accountability.  Their letter, “Choosing to Learn: Increasing compliance to the state reduces accountability to parents,” appears on the National Review Online website. Here is…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2014