student performance (page 3)

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    Barshay: U.S. educational system is deteriorating

    Jill Barshay contributing editor of The Hechinger Report sounds the alarm, The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) — a reading comprehension test given to fourth graders in 58 countries and regions around the world — showed that U.S. performance is sliding in both absolute and relative terms.
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2017
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    Richmond County School have more resources, not “less”

    In a recent Richmond County Daily Journal article, Superintendent Cindy Goodman declared that “everyone in the district should celebrate” because the Richmond County Schools “do more with less.”  Of course, it begs the question of what she means by “less.” According to N.C. Department of Public Instruction data, the…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2017
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    Should teacher evaluations include measures of student achievement?

    House Bill 90 would prohibit the use of “local final examinations or an analysis of student work process to assess teacher performance and professional growth as part of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation System.”  This provision would complement the decoupling of state test scores from teacher evaluations that…
    Terry Stoops, June 15, 2017
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    TIMSS: U.S. still mediocre in math and science

    Results from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) were released today.  TIMSS measures mathematics and science performance of fourth- and eighth-grade students from as many as 55 countries and jurisdictions. In 2015, U.S. students scored much higher than they did in 1995.  Unfortunately, most scores…
    Terry Stoops, November 29, 2016
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    Despite claims about inputs, outcomes are improving

    It will disappoint many on the Left that student performance has not crashed and burned. So far, their criticisms of Governor McCrory and the Republican General Assembly have focused on personnel and the purse.  They claim that teacher pay raises have been insufficient and, thus, Republicans have undermined teacher…
    Terry Stoops, September 1, 2016
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    Performance Based Budgeting with Community Colleges

    It’s budget time, and its when state agencies should start looking at performance standards when asking for budget changes.  The NC Community College System serves a large number of students and are located across the state.  While none would argue their importance to our state, maybe their performance should play…
    Sarah Curry, February 24, 2015
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    Preliminary analysis: Charters win again

    This morning state officials released test scores for the 2013-14 school year .  As I do every year, I have calculated proficiency rates for charter and district schools. Please note that the figures below are the median achievement level percentage by school for all subjects.  They do not account…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2014
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    Charter school performance, part 1

    It’s that time of year again!  The mainstream media will ignore test results from charter schools so that they can bash them in editorials later in the school year. In Part 1, I will examine the composite reading and math scores for grade 3-8.  In Part 2, I will…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2013