PEFNC is joining with North Carolina lawmakers in support of revolutionary new assessments to help compare students receiving Opportunity Scholarships with their public school peers.
PEFNC President Darrell Allison says holding private schools and public charter schools accountable make the quality of the Opportunity Scholarship Program better. “This evaluation will provide critical qualitative feedback on the Program. We should all work together for accountability in our state’s schools.”
A research team from North Carolina State University (NC State) is conducting the evaluation, and statewide testing is already underway for students participating. A few hundred students, who are current Opportunity Scholarship recipients, will participate in voluntary testing at private schools. NC State has worked with public school districts to generate a matched comparison group of public school students.
Both Opportunity Scholarship students and public school students a nationally-normed, standardized achievement test. Student tests will be scored by a third-party testing company; results will be returned to NC State researchers, who will compare the two groups’ test performance in reading, written expression, and mathematics.
Read more about the new testing program here.