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    Test scores 2018-19: School performance growth

    Proficiency is one way to measure student performance.  Growth is another.  While proficiency is determined by the number of questions answered correctly, growth captures performance relative to scores on previous tests.  A student may not reach proficiency, but they may demonstrate positive growth.  Likewise, a student may be proficient,…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: Elementary and middle school reading, math, and science

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released state test scores for all public schools.  I’ll share some of the highlights on the Locker Room blog throughout the day. Students in grades 3-8 statewide (reading): 57.2 percent of students in grades 3-8 were considered Grade Level Proficient (GLP).  This…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Why can’t math just be math?

    Today, the Cabarrus County Schools is hosting the Global Education Summit 2019, a project of UNC World View.  Here is the description: World View partners are invited to kick off the school year with a global mindset. Join Cabarrus County Schools and World View for a free global education…
    Terry Stoops, August 15, 2019
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    They fought the schools and the schools won

    Parents who are dissatisfied with Wake County’s high school math program, the MVP Math Curriculum, mounted a good-faith effort to convince the school board to adopt a math curriculum that addressed their concerns.  The News & Observer has the details. Wake County school leaders stood by the district’s use of…
    Terry Stoops, June 19, 2019
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    Math whiz kid still forced to take Algebra

    Paul Rosu is a 11-year-old sixth-grader at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill who earned the highest score possible on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam last year.  He is auditing a Differential Equation Lab math course at UNC-Chapel Hill.  And, yet, he’s apparently still required to take Math…
    Terry Stoops, February 28, 2018
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    Tillman makes the right call on math changes

    Today, the NC Senate’s Education/Higher Education Committee considered changes to high school math. Before the state adopted Common Core math standards in 2010, high schools offered the standard Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II sequence.  Eventually, schools implemented an integrated math approach, reorganizing the topics in the three courses…
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2016
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    Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

    Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2015
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    NC schools top Global Report Card

    The Global Report Card (GRC) is a project of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  The GRC allows the public to compare charter and school district performance in math and reading to other states and nations.  It is just been updated. The GRC also lists the top performing districts…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2012