accountability (page 2)

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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
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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