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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 aren’t kids being taught to read?

    Emily Hanford’s article, Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read, is a superb look at the politics, science, and practice of teaching reading in public schools. Hanford asks Mark Seidenberg, a cognitive neuroscientist and author of the book “Language at the Speed of Sight,” to identify…
    Terry Stoops, September 12, 2018
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    Hey, N&O, prove that “poor reading skills reflect NC’s poor school funding”

    I challenge the editorial board of the News & Observer to provide empirical evidence that “poor reading skills reflect NC’s poor school funding.” You made the claim.  You must provide the evidence. Predictably, you failed to do so in their February 5 editorial, which calls for “more investment in the…
    Terry Stoops, February 6, 2017
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    Extra tutoring for 3rd graders who can’t read

    One of the Republican legislature’s signature programs, Read to Achieve, is hitting its stride. Admittedly, the program did not fare well in its first year, mostly due to poor statewide implementation and abysmal communication with parents.  Now, North Carolina is paying more attention to reading proficiency in the early grades…
    Terry Stoops, December 2, 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
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    Paul Stoller: Stupid politicians threaten our society

    Who is Paul Stoller?  He’s Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and the author of ‘The Power of the Between.” In a recent Huffington Post opinion piece, Stoller declares that “voters have elected public officials whose profound ignorance and boundless stupidity threaten our society–men and women,…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2012
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    NC NAEP scores: Little change

    Since the early 1990s, North Carolina has participated in the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing program.  The 2011 (biennial) results were released today. Reading: Fourth-grade reading scores were not significantly different than 2009, but there was a statistically significant increase in eighth-grade reading scores.  Reading scores…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2011