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Few states set world-class standards
STANFORD, CA — In this report produced by the Hoover Institute, 2007 test-score information is used to evaluate the rigor of each state’s proficiency standards against the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NC's overall average: D+.
Education Tax Credits in North Carolina
RALEIGH – New education tax credits would help more North Carolina parents choose the best schools for their children, while potentially saving the state millions of dollars each year. That’s a key conclusion of a new N.C. Education Alliance Policy Report by Krista Kafer.
UNC Education Schools
RALEIGH — The University of North Carolina is placing great emphasis on increasing the number of teachers in the state. But how good is the education that these future teachers are receiving? This paper looks at a major problem found in schools of education.
Quality counts 2008
BETHESDA, MD — Education Week’s Quality Counts continues the cradle-to-career state-by-state framework launched in last year’s report. This perspective emphasizes the connections between K-12 education and other systems with which it intersects.
Why UNC needs charter schools
RALEIGH – Many have championed the idea of improving the quality of the state's teachers, but very little structural change has occurred within schools of education. Teacher quality can be improved by creating a statewide network of specific charter schools.
WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 50 million students are heading off to approximately 97,000 public schools. Before the school year is out, an estimated $489 billion will be spent related to their education, with an average of $9,969 to be spent per pupil for fall enrollment.
Better Instruction, Not More Time
RALEIGH — North Carolina cannot fix its ailing public school systems by mandating longer school days or a longer school year. That’s the conclusion in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. Extra instruction time won't automatically translate to higher scores.
Raise the bar, not the age
RALEIGH — Wayward legislators, school system officials, and public school advocacy groups, in particular, say that an increase in the attendance age would compel students to stay in school. Yet this notion is not informed by research that shows otherwise.
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