Cory Turner

Cory Turner appears in the following:

A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now being implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store?


College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The city is investing big in its kids, and other cities and states are taking notes.


Gates To States: No Stakes Yet For Core Tests

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made clear today it still believes in the Common Core State Standards, but that it's too soon for tests to matter.


Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

For educators, the challenges of Common Core are huge.


The Common Core Curriculum Void

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

States and school districts are struggling to navigate the flood of new materials claiming to be Common Core-aligned.

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Standardized Testing: The Onion Nails It

Friday, May 30, 2014

The fake news site weighs in with a simple and funny question that cuts to the heart of America's testing problem: Are tests biased against students who just don't care?


Anatomy Of A Great Commencement Speech

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What makes a good commencement address great? We read more than 300 speeches and singled out the qualities that made them rise to the top.


U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.


What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Many educators tout the benefits of preschool, but there's no clear standard for what qualifies as a quality program. Researchers say that when it comes to pre-K, Tulsa, Okla., gets it right.


The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple choice answer options from five to four.


An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

New Common Core teaching standards mean new standardized exams. NPR's Cory Turner took one himself and reports on what's changed.

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Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it's that students aren't writing enough.

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Common Core Curriculum Brings Big Shifts To Math Instruction

Thursday, August 08, 2013

With the implementation of the new Common Core standards, parents across the country will notice a few changes in their kids' math homework.


Common Core Could Be Disrupted As States Drop Out Of PARCC

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In addition to Georgia, a handful of other states — Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Alabama — have dropped out of or scaled back their participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Career (PARCC) consortium. Florida's education commissioner is mulling a similar decision. We discuss what it could mean for the success of the standards.


Teachers Hit The Books To Master New Education Standards

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

School systems nationwide are scrambling to prepare teachers to implement new education standards known as the Common Core. In some cases, the standards, which lay out what students will be expected to know by the end of each grade, will require teachers to adopt new teaching methods.


Education Program's Data Collection On Kids Angers Critics

Monday, July 01, 2013

With summer vacation now in full swing, so too is a debate over privacy and education policy. With most states now rolling out new, national Common Core standards for students K-12, conservative critics are raising concerns about privacy and whether these new standards will lead to increased collection of student data.


Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards

Monday, June 24, 2013

Forty-six states and Washington, D.C., have signed on to the Common Core State Standards, a set of K-12 standards meant to ensure that students are reaching the same learning benchmarks nationwide. But as states begin implementing the standards, many conservatives have come out against them.


Lax Education In Humanities, Social Sciences Sparks Outcry

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A new report argues that humanities and social sciences are as essential to the country's economic and civic future as science and technology. The study by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences was commissioned in 2010 by a bipartisan group of members of Congress. It comes at a time when the value of the liberal arts is being challenged by economic and political forces.


How Do You Teach The Civil Rights Movement?

Monday, June 17, 2013

As part of NPR's series marking 50 years since the summer of 1963 — a formative time in American politics and culture — we turn to Jackson, Miss. There the story of a summer youth workshop meant to bring the Civil Rights Movement out of the past and into the 21st Century unfolds.