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Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper are both opponents of excessive and duplicative standardized testing. Surveys suggest that parents, teachers, and administrators believe that "over-testing" is a problem
I would feel better about the future if I knew what was going to happen.
Despite the claims of some, North Carolina is not a "net exporter of teachers."
According to a report (PDF) published by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 79,575, or 5.2 percent, of North Carolina's public school students attend a charter school in North Carolina this year.
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-15 school year was 14.8 percent, a 0.7 percentage point increase from a year prior. While the actual rate of teacher turnover is an important metric...
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
It gets downplayed in the drive by media, but the public school are required to report annually to the legislature on the crime situation within the state's public schools each year.
Today North Carolina released A-F grades for all traditional public and charter schools. News outlets have been all over the story and pundits are angling to put a spin on what is expected to be a tough day for many schools.
After state legislators approved a ten percent reduction to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) $70 million budget, state education officials and their boosters sounded the alarm.
After state legislators approved a 10 percent reduction to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's $70 million budget, state education officials and their boosters sounded the alarm.
One would think that the process of comparing and reporting test scores would be a straightforward matter. In North Carolina, state standardized testing is anything but straightforward.
Standardized testing for public school students concluded last month, but the debate about the state's accountability system continues.
The N.C. Senate proposed reducing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget by 30 percent, while their counterparts in the House proposed a 1 percent cut.
The annual teacher turnover report produced by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction shows the number of public schoolteachers who've left their jobs across the state during the past year.
I have a pretty utilitarian view of class sizes. Sometimes smaller class sizes make a big difference. Special needs students and those who require intensive instruction or remediation surely benefit from smaller classes.
There are a lot of upset teachers in North Carolina these days, or so it seems, from media reports. The target of their ire is the Republican-led Legislature.
It has been nearly three years since the left-leaning Center for American Progress published a superb report, Return on Educational Investment: A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity. In the report, CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser made the case that decades of...
The table represents full-time equivalent (FTE), state paid, classroom teachers as of the 3rd pay period. The FTE counts were obtained through the NC Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Educational Directory and Demographical Information Exchange (EDDIE) database.
Some left-wing commentators have speculated that a sizable number of public school teachers are leaving North Carolina to teach in states that are, presumably, more hospitable to the profession. They want the public to believe that policies instituted by Republican lawmakers are to blame. It is...
There's nothing worse than a complainer  -  except a complainer who expects someone else to solve a problem. So I have a challenge for conservatives who, with good reason, rail against the state of public education in North Carolina: If you truly believe individual responsibility is a fu
Don't panic. That's the message most of us have been hearing all day from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Well, it appears that public education is back in the news. The North Carolina Bankers Association - of all groups - has endorsed the Common Core curriculum for the state's public schools.
Remember when debates over educational standards were "wonky" (read: boring) discussions of goals for student learning? Unfortunately, those days are long gone.
Have you ever gotten a cringe-worthy progress report or report card from your child's school? Just about every parent will have this experience at least once. If the grade isn't what you expected or wanted, do you blame the school for sending you the report card? Of course not. Like it or not...
The superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, has insisted that teachers were a crucial part of the state's planning process for Common Core.
Misallocated mileage reimbursement funds found in two separate investigations of state agencies expose the difficulty of supervising work-at-home state employees and might be only part of a larger problem, State Auditor Beth Wood said.
An editorial the Fayetteville Observer published in late June declared that North Carolina is facing a teacher shortage because "teacher pay stinks." This assessment of the teacher labor supply had been prompted by remarks by Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, who speculated that...
State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said her concerns about allowing students to use vouchers to offset the cost of private schooling was more a principled support of public schools' role in modern society than the effect vouchers could have in meeting individual children's...
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after overall high school graduation rates in North Carolina rose to 82.5 percent, a 14 point improvement since the 2006 academic year.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest Issues 67 Question Letter to Department of Public Instruction.
On June 13 the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released Common Core Demystified. The document was intended to quell what DPI regarded as confusion and stem the growing public opposition to Common Core Standards (CCS).
Governor Pat McCrory called on North Carolina's education leaders to increase their production of community college and university graduates as well as devise more innovative methods to increase teacher pay.
Contrary to the Common Core State Standards themselves, Common Core-based tests developed and released by the NC Department of Public Instruction include relatively few English language questions and no traditional grammar, spelling, mechanics, or usage questions.
The U.S. Department of Education released on Monday state-by-state graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year. North Carolina's rate of 78 percent was tied for 26th-highest in the nation.
The single-largest expenditure of state taxpayers funds in North Carolina is public education. We spend billions of dollars on public schools, community colleges, and public universities.
Stan White should be ashamed of himself. So should the N. C. Association of Educators and a number of other "me too" Democrats like Paul Tine. They have lied. They are still lying.
When statistics came out in early August that North Carolina high school graduation rates had topped 80 percent for the first time in memory, politicians from both sides of the aisle were quick to claim credit and point fingers.
As the traditional public school year in North Carolina is about to begin, Cabarrus County proponents of a statewide virtual charter school cling to longshot hopes that their unprecedented e-learning institution can open this year.