In Durham, district leaders celebrated making their highest gains in students passing state exams in five years, with 48.3 percent passing this year. More schools earned higher grades in the state’s A-F grading system and fewer schools were labeled by the state as low-performing. … [Read more...] about Test scores are down in NC public schools. What needs to change?
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Huddleston said she looks for people she thinks will be awesome teachers, and that can mean hiring someone who has never been a teacher or does not have a teaching license. For those non-teachers, Huddleston said she realizes she’ll have to provide them training on some things they missed by not having come from a traditional education route.. … [Read more...] about More than one way to become a teacher. You don’t need a license at NC charter schools.
Barefoot and Sen. Jerry Tillman, a Randolph County Republican and retired school administrator, tried to put the blame for the amount of testing on local school districts. Barefoot said school districts were "piling on the tests" while Tillman said that around 30 days each school year are spent on testing, much of which he said were local exams. … [Read more...] about Are student exams ‘developmentally cruel?’ NC lawmakers look at reducing testing.
But since 2013, teacher pay has been trending upward. Although it has not yet returned to pre-recession levels, it is getting close. In 2016 under McCrory and in 2017 under Cooper, the GOP-controlled legislature approved budgets with teacher pay raises. In 2017, the legislature added a 6.5 percent average pay raise for teachers, the News & Observer reported. … [Read more...] about NC Democrat blames Republicans for low teacher pay. Why his claim is misleading.
But Matt Ellinwood, director of the North Carolina Justice Center’s Education and Law Project, said what’s more revealing is how a lower percentage of charter schools are meeting academic growth targets on state exams than traditional public schools. The state’s letter grades are based primarily on passing rates on exams as opposed to growth targets. … [Read more...] about NC charter schools have nearly doubled since 2011. Some say it’s time for a new cap.