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

posted on in City & County Government, Education (PreK-12)

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.”

As Vice President of Research and Director of Education Studies, Terry oversees the research team’s writing and analysis across the spectrum of public policy issues. He also specializes in K-13 education. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the… ...

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