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    NC high school quiz asks about “glassware to make…meth” and “murdering rednecks with minivans”

    From WTVD: An economics quiz at Kings Mountain High School asked students: “If Josh is trying to become a drug dealer, he is going to need some supplies like glassware to make his meth. Which of the four factors of production would glassware be?” The test also quizzes students…
    Terry Stoops, September 7, 2021
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    The pandemic hit female public school students the hardest

    Here is my preliminary analysis of state test score changes by subgroup.  Females and American Indian or Alaska Native students had some of the largest proficiency drops among the reported subgroups.  Asian students fared best. Code Name Subject Grade Type Subgroup Percent Grade-Level Proficient 2019 Percent Grade-Level Proficient 2021…
    Terry Stoops, September 2, 2021
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    2021 Education Next Poll: Strong Support for Annual Testing Requirements

    More from the 2021 Education Next poll released this week. While many parents believe that children take too many tests throughout the school year, respondents agreed that federal testing requirements for math and reading should remain in place.  This includes a majority of teachers (52%).
    Terry Stoops, August 31, 2021
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    Biden administration tells states that it will not grant testing waivers this year

    Chalkbeat has the story, The Biden administration said Monday that states must administer federally required standardized tests this year, but schools won’t be held accountable for the results — and states could give shorter, remote, or delayed versions of the exams. The decision means that schools…
    Terry Stoops, February 23, 2021
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    GA canceled state testing for the upcoming year and NC should too

    Since April, I have been calling on state officials to cancel state testing for the upcoming school year.  I even included that recommendation in Carolina Rebound. According to some guy on Twitter, that is what Georgia plans to do.
    Terry Stoops, June 18, 2020
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    U.S. history and geography scores plummet

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores for the 2018 administration of U.S. history, civics, and geography tests were released in a series of highlight reports today.  The average civics score was unchanged.  U.S. history and geography scores dropped significantly. Education Week reports, Except for the very top-performing…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2020
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    U.S. Department of Education waives testing/reporting requirements

    It’s official. The Trump administration granted a one-year waiver to states that will open the door to the elimination of statewide testing for the 2019-2020 school year.  North Carolina lawmakers and state education officials should follow suit.  If they do, numerous test-based program requirements would require waivers from the…
    Terry Stoops, March 20, 2020
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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