Testing

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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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    When teachers get honest about teaching in North Carolina

    Here are two posts from my favorite Facebook group:                 Apparently, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the state line.
    Terry Stoops, January 4, 2019
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    N.C. is making incremental progress on Advanced Placement tests

    The 2017 Advanced Placement (AP) scores for the class of 2017 were released today. To receive college credit for the course, high school students must score at level 3 of higher on the AP test.   In North Carolina, the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher continues to…
    Terry Stoops, February 21, 2018
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    Few graduates meet ACT benchmarks

    State test scores will be released later today.  But we have ACT scores to analyze in the meantime! North Carolina’s 2017 ACT-tested graduating class composite score was 19.1 (on a scale from 1 to 36). Last year’s composite score was identical to the 2015-16 score.  The fact that all…
    Terry Stoops, September 7, 2017
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    A Better “Care Package” for Test Takers

    My son’s public school has asked parents to donate items for “care packages” that are designed to “promote a positive and encouraging End of Grade Testing environment.”  They have asked for the following items: two No. 2 pencils, one highlighter, a few peppermint candies, a small bag of chips, a…
    Terry Stoops, May 22, 2017
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    NEA supports opting out of standardized tests, so you shouldn’t

    At their annual Representative Assembly meeting yesterday, the National Education Association (NEA) voted to support the movement to opt out of standardized tests. That should be reason enough for conservatives to keep their distance from the opt out movement. Many lefties believe the opt out movement is the first…
    Terry Stoops, July 7, 2015
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    NC House should keep testing, Founding Principles reviews

    I’m reviewing proposed special provisions associated with H.B. 97, 2015 Appropriations Act (pdf). The House Appropriations Committee on Education recommendation is to strike the following  language currently in Chapter 115C-105.35 of the NC General Statutes. During the 2004-2005 school year and at least every five years…
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2015