accountability (page 3)

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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
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    Vote of “no confidence” in the state testing program

    School districts across North Carolina rejoiced yesterday, as the State Board of Education approved their requests to administer alternatives to the state’s third-grade reading test.  Districts objected to the plan to use state end-of-grade reading tests to fulfill the requirements of the Read to Achieve program. If you…
    Terry Stoops, February 7, 2014
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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