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    Education Week: NC earns a C in K-12 achievement, ranks 15th in nation

    With a score of 73.5, North Carolina is higher than the national average and ranks 15th in the nation in K-12 achievement, according to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2020. In the Southeast, North Carolina trails Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. North Carolina is also one of the most equitable…
    Terry Stoops, September 2, 2020
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    What is equity in education? It’s not clear.

    I have been trying to learn about equity in education recently. The always-reliable Wikipedia says, Educational equity depends on two main factors. The first is fairness, which implies that factors specific to one’s personal conditions should not interfere with the potential of academic success. The second important factor…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
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    Schools unsure of cause of racial achievement gap

    In “Schools defend work to close racial achievement gap, unsure of cause,” Carolina Public Press reporter Imari Scarbrough examines the wide achievement gaps between students who attend public schools in Asheville.  She writes, As Asheville City Schools wrestle with one of the largest racial…
    Terry Stoops, May 13, 2019
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    EdBuild: NC funds its schools equitably

    Some education advocacy organizations claim that North Carolina does not fund its school equitably, that is, the state fails to provide additional funding to its highest need public school students.  But those analyses are based on local funding differentials that fail to take into account state funding, which is, by…
    Terry Stoops, February 26, 2019
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    N.C. school spending among most equitable in the nation

    In Why School Spending Is So Unequal, Governing data editor Mike Maciag examines variations in per-student expenditures within states.  While Alaska and Vermont have huge variations in student spending, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, and Florida have very little variation.  In general, states with the largest disparities rely on…
    Terry Stoops, August 7, 2018
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    Recommended reading from Jay Greene’s Blog

    At Jay Greene’s Blog, Matthew Ladner’s “The Way of the Future: Self-Reliance (with equity?)” gives North Carolina a well-deserved mention.  Matt, who is a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, writes about the emergence of new educational structures, including a “broad trend towards self-reliance and multiple…
    Terry Stoops, August 1, 2018