• John Locke Update

    Scholarship Program is a Worthwhile Investment

    posted June 29, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found…
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget 2018: K-12 Education

    posted May 31, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Unphased by the recent teacher walkout, Republican lawmakers continue to invest in their policy priorities, including a fifth consecutive raise for teachers, raises for principals, expanded performance pay programs, new…
  • John Locke Update

    African-American Boys Need Educational Options

    posted September 12, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    It seems that politicians and the media can’t stop talking about teacher pay. The claim that the average teacher salary will reach $50,000 this year has been the subject of…
  • Research Report

    Wake County’s Edifice Complex: Extravagant School Buildings Do Not Lead to Higher Student Achievement

    posted August 8, 2006 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Contrary to the claims of school officials and community leaders in Wake County, students do not necessarily perform better in schools that have fewer mobile units or temporary classrooms, more square feet per student, and more acreage. This finding is consistent with national and international research that found no consistent relationship between school facilities and learning. The Wake County Public School System can scale back their multi-billion construction and renovation plans without harm to student learning.
  • Press Release

    The Buildings Don’t Teach the Students

    posted August 8, 2006
    RALEIGH – The Wake County Public School System could scale back its billion-dollar school construction and renovation plans without harm to student learning. That’s the key finding in a new…
  • Research Report

    The Certification Myth: Teacher certification does not improve student performance

    posted October 5, 2005 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Like other states, North Carolina maintains a system of certification and licensing for public school teachers. Proponents of the system argue that certification standards will separate good teachers from poor ones, but there is no evidence that these standards determine teacher quality. A state-by-state comparison of teacher certification and student performance on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) mathematics exam shows that certification standards and teacher testing did not improve test scores. Schools should be able to recruit and retain talented teachers whether they are certified or not.

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