Testing (page 4)

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    Charter schools outperform districts again

    Once again, the average performance composite score of charter schools beat the district school average. The performance composite is the percentage of students’ scores in each school that were at or above grade level on state end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.  Admittedly, I am not a fan of comparing average…
    Terry Stoops, August 3, 2012
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    Low-income, black, and Hispanic students make gains on state tests

    By now, I am sure you heard the news.  North Carolina’s graduation rate was 80.2 percent, a 2.3 percent increase from a year ago.  There was a 1.9 percent decrease in the percentage of students that met or exceeded growth expectations on state tests. Here are a few interesting…
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2012
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    2011 TUDA: CMS outperforms districts, nation

    The federal education officials who brought you the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the 2011 Trial Urban District Assessments (TUDA) results this morning. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is the only participating district in the state. The study concluded that CMS scored higher than most (participating) urban districts…
    Terry Stoops, December 7, 2011
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    US ED: Most state math and reading standards weak

    In August, the U.S. Department of Education released a report that compared state standards and tests to the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which many consider to be the “gold standard” of standardized testing.  According to researchers, 1. There is wide variation among state proficiency standards. 2.
    Terry Stoops, October 12, 2011
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    Kudos to Jerry Tillman

    Jerry Tillman is a Republican state senator from Archdale and serves as co-chairman of the legislative education oversight committee.  Yesterday, Tillman’s committee heard a proposal from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to give the ACT test to all public high school juniors in North Carolina. Admittedly, I am…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011
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    Tests are boring and school should be fun

    At a town hall hosted by the Univision, Barack Obama reflected on testing and student assessment.  According to the Associated Press, “One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about…
    Terry Stoops, March 29, 2011