accountability (page 4)

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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
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    ACT scores: Pretty much the same as last year

    …and not much different than the 2010 scores. Have a nice day.
    Terry Stoops, August 22, 2012
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    Charter schools outperform districts again

    Once again, the average performance composite score of charter schools beat the district school average. The performance composite is the percentage of students’ scores in each school that were at or above grade level on state end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.  Admittedly, I am not a fan of comparing average…
    Terry Stoops, August 3, 2012
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    Low-income, black, and Hispanic students make gains on state tests

    By now, I am sure you heard the news.  North Carolina’s graduation rate was 80.2 percent, a 2.3 percent increase from a year ago.  There was a 1.9 percent decrease in the percentage of students that met or exceeded growth expectations on state tests. Here are a few interesting…
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2012
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    REINS Act: Restoring Accountability to Lawmaking

    Yesterday, the United States House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act, H.R. 10)) by a 241-184 vote.   No Republican voted against the bill, while only 4 democrats voted for it. Congress often delegates significant power to government agencies.  As a result,…
    Daren Bakst, December 8, 2011