student performance

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    Ned Barnett Shout-Out

    I have never met Ned Barnett, the associate opinion editor of the News & Observer.  But he shows me a little love in an op-ed published today: Terry Stoops, vice president of research for the right-leaning John Locke Foundation, is the reliable defender of the Republicans’ educational malpractice. On…
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: Reactions

    Whenever you hear complaints about Innovative School District and charter schools (particularly virtual charter schools) that earn low school performance grades, remember that those grades “fail to account for the many factors that contribute to, and greatly inhibit overall student success.”…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: Title I schools that excelled

    Title I schools have a high concentration of disadvantaged students and receive additional funds from the federal government to serve them. Below is a list of Title I schools that received an A or B grade for the performance of economically disadvantaged students (subgroup) on state standardized tests. District…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

    North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade). In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    When school turnarounds backfire: North Carolina’s effort offers a cautionary tale

    Matt Barnum’s Chalkbeat article referenced in the title examines state efforts to provide support and resources to poor-performing schools.  Barnum writes, A few years ago, North Carolina school officials looked at a group of the state’s struggling schools and decided: we need to help. State officials designed a…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2019
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    NC ranks 12th in quality and 6th in efficiency in new education ranking

    In Reason magazine’s “Everything You Know About State Education Rankings Is Wrong,” Stan Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly rethink the ranking of state education systems.  They write, To better capture the real state of play, we recently conducted a detailed investigation of state education rankings. We built a new set of rankings…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2018
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    Teachers: “No zeroes” grading policy common in North Carolina

    Following a report that a Florida school district fired a teacher who objected to a “no zeroes” policy, dozens of teachers have said that their schools and districts enforce a “no zeroes” policy that awards students a minimum grade even if they do not complete the assignment.  In most…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2018
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    School performance grades: Charters outperform districts

    Yes, I am still writing about the 2017-18 accountability results. This year, N.C. Department of Public Instruction analysts did not include a chart that compared district and charter performance grades, so I threw one together.  It shows that, compared to districts, charter schools had a higher percentage of A…
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018