student performance (page 2)

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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
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    Test scores mostly flat

    Today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the 2017-18 accountability results.  Statewide reading and math performance is flat.  Math scores increased in grades 7 and 8, while third-grade reading proficiency dropped by nearly two percentage points over the last year.            …
    Terry Stoops, September 5, 2018
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    Fixing the Currently Biased State K-12 Education Rankings

    Fixing the Currently Biased State K-12 Education Rankings by Stan J. Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly of the University of Texas at Dallas is your “must-read” study of the day. Liebowitz and Kelly find that rankings produced by U.S. News & World Report and Education Week are unreliable and…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
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    Good teachers matter…sometimes

    How do we close achievement gaps between students from different racial and socioeconomic groups? One idea is to assign at-risk students to a better teacher.  In “Do School Learning Opportunities Compound or Compensate for Background Inequalities? Evidence from the Case of Assignment to Effective Teachers” (Sociology of Education 2018,…
    Terry Stoops, March 28, 2018