• John Locke Update

    Overview of 2018-19 Public School Accountability Results

    posted September 6, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the 2018-19 state accountability results this week.  The release included end-of-grade and end-of-course test results, growth (or value-added) scores, school performance grades,…
  • John Locke Update

    The Ongoing Crisis in Forensic Science

    posted April 26, 2018 by Jon Guze
    A series of recent scandals involving forensic evidence in North Carolina have placed hundreds of convictions in doubt and undermined public and judicial confidence in forensic science.
  • John Locke Update

    The Scientific Method and Its Enemies

    posted November 30, 2017 by Jon Guze
    These days, if Karl Popper is remembered at all, he is usually remembered for The Open Society and Its Enemies—his blistering two-volume attack on the philosophical foundations of Fascism…
  • John Locke Update

    Using Science, Evidence, and Data to Guide Public Policy

    posted August 3, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    France began construction of the Maginot Line in the 1930s as a line of defenses against possible German invasion. The most heavily fortified section of the line ended just east…
  • Research Report

    Choosing Middle School Textbooks: Is North Carolina Failing Its Students?

    posted January 28, 2003 by Dr. John Hubisz
    All middle school teachers in North Carolina have to teach physical science, which is required for middle school students in NC public schools. Unfortunately, over 80% have never taken a physical science course and many of those who have, have taken a course that is of no help to their students. Naturally, with their limited backgrounds, they hare heavily dependent on the materials they are given to teach from. In addition, in many instances these materials form the teacher’s own introduction to the subjects. It is especially important, therefore, that the textbooks and other materials that teachers and students are forced to use get it right.
  • Press Release

    New study finds errors in NC science textbooks

    posted January 28, 2003
    RALEIGH — The textbooks used to teach physical science in North Carolina’s middle schools “contain factual errors and irrelevant information,” according to a study published today by the North Carolina…

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