• 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

    Grading Our Schools 2002: NCEA’s Fifth Annual Report to North Carolina Parents

    posted February 24, 2003 by Dr. Karen Y. Palasek
    This fifth annual report on schools from the North Carolina Education Alliance shows that many school districts in the state made progress in 2001-02. It also shows that many of the failing school systems from 2000-01 were still performing in the failing range again last year. Official results of statewide testing are reported annually in the Department of Public Instruction’s ABCs of Public Education. End-of-grade tests for elementary students and end-of-course tests for high school students are the only exams administered statewide each year. As such, information about public schools is focused on the results of these exams. Grading Our Schools offers a different lens for studying test results and other performance data. As an additional information tool, we hope it will allow parents and taxpayers to better evaluate student performance in North Carolina’s public schools.

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