Over at nccivitas.org there are two new articles worth checking out. In this article, Dr. Bob Luebke examines North Carolina’s subsidization of teacher certification, which costs taxpayers millions each year but yields dubious results. A sliver:
While education officials have been quick to tout the benefits of national board certification for teachers, direct improvements to student learning have been hard to find.
While researchers indeed detected a difference in student learning between groups taught by teachers with and without national certification, researchers seemed to be at odds over the magnitude and impact of the difference. 2
After looking more closely at the data, researchers said the actual difference on test scores for North Carolina teachers and students came down to a point on a test with a mean score of about 150. The NRC final report reflected these shortcomings when it stated:
“Our review of the research, however, suggests that there is not yet compelling evidence that the existence of the certification program has had a significant impact on the field, teachers, students, or the education system.”
And in this article, Jessica Custer exposes some of the weighty compliance costs facing UNC-Charlotte’s launch of a new football program courtesy of a controversial enforcement of Title IX regulations. As Custer puts it:
Title IX was written to guarantee equal opportunity in educational activities. Today, it is an unstoppable campaign to impose quotas and gender preferences in schools, as the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) is learning. The Title IX amendment, which simply outlaws sex discrimination in educational institutions, is not the problem; it is the way Title IX is administered.