accountability (page 3)

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    Charter school performance, part 1

    It’s that time of year again!  The mainstream media will ignore test results from charter schools so that they can bash them in editorials later in the school year. In Part 1, I will examine the composite reading and math scores for grade 3-8.  In Part 2, I will…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2013
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    12.5 percent

    Last year, 12.5 percent of black males in grades 3-8 were proficient in reading and math. That is correct – 12.5 percent. The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) contends that the state “raised the bar” by implementing more rigorous standards and tests.  They say that these test results…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2013
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    DPI’s “day of spin” is here

    The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will release state test scores today.  They have spent months working with/on the media and their sundry allies to lay the groundwork for today’s release. Here are a few talking points you will hear this afternoon: Standards are higher. The tests…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2013
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    Cato gives NC an ‘F’ for poor reporting of school data

    According to a new report published by the Cato Institute, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction does a poor job of reporting financial information about public schools. Although North Carolina earned a failing grade, it did not receive one of the lowest overall scores.  In fact, the state…
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2013
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    DPI continues nearly flawless record of writing bad tests

    For years, the John Locke Foundation has written about the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) record of developing defective standardized tests.  Most recently, I examined the state’s Common Core-based English tests and found that the elementary and middle school tests include relatively few English language questions and no…
    Terry Stoops, July 11, 2013
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    LA Times Questions Common Core

    Today the Times editorial board speaks out regarding the consequences of pushing national standards when the schools simply are not ready. The new Common Core State Standards are supposed to be implemented in schools in 2014. But the state is far from ready. . . .Though the Obama administration…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, April 22, 2013
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    Stossel on K-12 Education Spending

    This past weekend, John Stossel compared the increase of K-12 students to the increase of personnel in schools during 1950 till 2009. The show aired on Fox Business. The education BLOB— that immovable jelly-like ball of teachers’ and janitors’ unions, the school board bureaucrats, PTAs, etc.—just keeps growing.
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, April 22, 2013
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    Shameless Diane Ravitch: Newtown teachers belonged to a union, had tenure

    Education pundit Diane Ravitch does her best to exploit the Newtown shootings to advance her own political agenda.  And, no, we are not talking about a gun control agenda.  In a blog post, Ravitch writes, Every one of the [Sandy Hook] teachers was a career educator. Every one was…
    Terry Stoops, December 18, 2012