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    June Atkinson’s Cathedral Stands

    posted January 10, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Sincer her November defeat to upstart Mark Johnson, former Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson has been employing a sympathetic media establishment to voice her disappointment at the outcome of…
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    Who Is (And Should Be) “In Charge” Of Education In NC?

    posted December 15, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    As part of Extra Session 4, Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly introduced House Bill 17: Modify Certain Appointments/Employment. The bill would grant the incoming Superintendent of Public…
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    NC Public Schools Are Not Internationally Competitive

    posted December 8, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Earlier this week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released results from the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).  PISA assesses math, reading, and science proficiency among…
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    Draft Teacher Turnover Report Shows Improvement

    posted October 28, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The N.C. State Board of Education just posted the draft 2015-16 “State of the Teaching Profession Report.”  The report, previously and incorrectly titled “Annual Report on Teachers Leaving…
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    Improving School Accountability In North Carolina

    posted October 18, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In their recent Behavioral Science & Policy article, “Reimagining Accountability in K–12 Education,” researchers Brian Gill, Jennifer Lerner, and Paul Meosky argue that “the time is ripe for policymakers to…
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    One-Third Of Recent High School Graduates Need Remediation

    posted October 17, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last year, 34 percent of 2015 high school graduates enrolled in one or more developmental math and/or English courses at a North Carolina community college.  This is a sharp decrease…
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    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…
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    Enrollment Changes Have Consequences

    posted August 11, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Earlier this week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the final 2015-16 student counts for all district and charter schools.  I used Average Daily Membership (ADM) data to…
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    Debates About Funding Miss The Point

    posted July 28, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The mainstream media and pundits on both sides of the aisle focus an extraordinary amount of time and energy examining public school funding. It is not surprising that they do.
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    Is There A Formula To Charter School Success?

    posted July 19, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In their recently published study, “What Can We Learn from Charter School Lotteries?” Julia Chabrier, Sarah Cohodes, and Philip Oreopoulos take a closer look at students who have and…

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