• John Locke Update

    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Student achievement

    posted February 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This review of “Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina” by California-based consultant WestEd will focus on student performance.  “Sound Basic Education for All” offers…
  • John Locke Update

    Compare State Education Systems With Caution

    posted November 12, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, the Education Law Center published “Making the Grade 2019,”  a report that focuses exclusively on three categories of public school inputs: funding levels, distribution, and effort using…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina vs. the World: Comparisons of educational inputs and outcomes

    posted January 30, 2012 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This study employs multiple studies and data sources to fill the gaps left by the state’s unacceptable omission of international inputs and outcomes. Overall, the evidence suggests that, despite ample resources, public school students in North Carolina fail to meet or exceed the performance of many of our economic competitors throughout the world. Simply put, the state has failed to "produce globally competitive students," and that failure is a cause for serious concern.
  • Press Release

    Test score fiasco must prompt change

    posted October 31, 2006
    RALEIGH – State education officials canceled a news conference today, a move that helps hide problems with new statewide math scores. Those scores show how North Carolina’s education testing program…
  • Research Report

    The ABCs of Public Disgrace: North Carolina’s school-accountability system has misled parents and taxpayers

    posted October 31, 2006 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Beginning in 1996, the state implemented a comprehensive program of education testing called the ABCs of Public Education. It did not take long for state leaders to declare North Carolina a national leader in implementing state-level accountability measures. In 1999, then Governor James Hunt declared that, “we’re holding our schools accountable for results. Education Week Magazine says no state is doing more than North Carolina to put in place real and meaningful accountability measures.”
  • Research Report

    The Certification Myth: Teacher certification does not improve student performance

    posted October 5, 2005 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Like other states, North Carolina maintains a system of certification and licensing for public school teachers. Proponents of the system argue that certification standards will separate good teachers from poor ones, but there is no evidence that these standards determine teacher quality. A state-by-state comparison of teacher certification and student performance on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics exam shows that certification standards and teacher testing did not improve test scores. Schools should be able to recruit and retain talented teachers whether they are certified or not.

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