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

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Key facts:

  • In 2008, North Carolina’s elementary schools’ per-student expenditure ranked sixth-highest in the world and secondary schools’ expenditure was fifth-highest.
  • A majority of the world’s highest-performing nations offered performance pay or diverted a substantial percentage of school expenditures to private schools or did both.
  • Nations with the highest per-pupil expenditures did no better on measures of student performance than countries that spent less.
  • Comparisons of student performance show that public school students in North Carolina are struggling to match the performance of our economic competitors throughout the world.
  • Researchers found that consistently improving school districts had world-class standards, curricula, and assessments; a focus on raising the quality of school personnel; a data system that guides decision-making and instruction; and transparency and clarity in their reform efforts.

 


Spotlight 419 North Carolina vs. the World: Comparisons of educational inputs and outcomes

Terry Stoops is the Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line,… ...

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