• John Locke Update

    Schools are not a big driver of COVID-19 cases

    posted November 11, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Schools are finally beginning to reopen. The urgency of resuming in-person instruction cannot be overstated. Not only has it taken a toll on students’ mental health, learning losses exacerbated by remote learning are devastating and will be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations.
  • John Locke Update

    Remote learning and learning loss: America’s $14 trillion problem

    posted October 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    If large-scale in-class instruction does not resume until January 2021, the average student will have fallen behind by the equivalent of seven months of learning. For low-income, black, and Hispanic students, the loss may be much greater.
  • John Locke Update

    Inputs, outcomes, and the school that spent $25k per student

    posted September 16, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    How do we account for these differences? Does money matter? While comparisons of school performance have been available for years, the ability to evaluate spending by school wasn’t possible until this year.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper and the NCAE play pandemic politics

    posted July 14, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Is the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) done playing nice with Gov. Cooper?  I have been thinking about that question ever since Bob Luebke of the Civitas Institute asked…
  • John Locke Update

    The unsettling uncertainty of the next school year

    posted June 18, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    When I’m asked about what to expect in the coming school year, I usually offer a delightfully vague answer: it will be different.  I don’t know how it will be…
  • John Locke Update

    Slapdash schooling and lackadaisical learning

    posted May 6, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the last week in March, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) conducted a survey to measure the state’s migration to remote learning, that is, the use of…

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