Cory Turner

Cory Turner edits and reports for the NPR Ed team. He's led the team's coverage of the Common Core while also finding time for his passion: exploring how kids learn — in the classroom, on the playground, at home and everywhere else.

Cory Turner appears in the following:

Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A class action lawsuit argues that traumatized students in Compton, Calif., are entitled to the same accommodations from schools as students with more traditional, physical disabilities.


New Tests Push Schools To Redefine 'Good Enough'

Friday, August 07, 2015

Five million students are waiting to hear whether they made the cut after taking a new round of tests aligned to the Common Core standards. The answers have been tallied, but what counts as passing?


Teaching Students To Use Their Noodles

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A summer program at Johns Hopkins University puts high schoolers' ingenuity to the test — building bridges out of nothing but spaghetti and glue.


The Test That Can Look Into A Child's (Reading) Future

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Researchers say they've come up with a 30-minute test that can predict a child's language skill and diagnose learning disabilities.


Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The nation's high school graduation rate is at a record-high 81 percent. Why? Because states are doing good things ... or using some sleight of hand.


Guess Which State Has The Best High School Graduation Rate?

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The national graduation rate has hit a remarkable 81 percent. Why the steep rise in recent years? Exhibit A: Iowa.


Give That Teacher A Key To The City!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Algebra teacher Sarah Hagan, of Drumright, Okla., was one of our 50 Great Teachers. And now she has a key to the city.


Preschool By State: Who's Spending And What's It Buying?

Monday, May 11, 2015

A national report on state-funded pre-K sends a few mixed messages: Enrollment and funding are up ... but in many places still remarkably low.


The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Today, President Obama announced a massive effort with major publishers to make thousands of e-book titles free for low-income kids.


Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A new study in the journal Science explores the power of surprise to motivate infant learning.


Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.


The Teenage Brain: Spock Vs. Captain Kirk

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Adolescents get a bad rep for being irrational. The bad news: It's kinda deserved. The good news: Teen brains come equipped with an internal Mr. Spock, trying to keep them safe.


This Is a 12-Year-Old Brain on Peer Pressure

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Researchers say 12-year-olds were twice as likely to run a light if their friends were watching. Our Being 12 series looks at the science behind adolescents’ dubious decision-making. 
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The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love

Monday, March 09, 2015

NPR Ed is celebrating 50 Great Teachers. Today: The story of a young algebra teacher in Oklahoma oil country, who has taken an unorthodox approach to classroom math.


The Magic Trick That Could Help Students Pay For College

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The IRS and the Department of Education already have the power to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid easier without cutting questions. So why haven't they?


Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Lots of politicians are calling for a shorter FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It now has more than 100 questions. But, it turns out, shortening the FAFSA is a tall order.


The Great U.S. History Battle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.


Advanced Placement History Test Accused Of Being Unpatriotic

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Oklahoma legislative panel is reviewing the latest Advanced Placement U.S. History course and could cut funding for it in the state's schools. Lawmakers complain the course focuses on the negative.


A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED

Friday, January 09, 2015

The new GED is more expensive, computer-based and tougher. As a result, some states are embracing alternative tests, and the number of GEDs awarded last year fell.


Common Core Repeal, The Day After

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Common Core had a rough year. The learning standards were repealed in three states, including Oklahoma. But what happens the day after a state repeals its academic standards?