Testing

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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
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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