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:

From Junkyard To Museum: The Journey Of A 'Jaws' Shark

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From terrifying man-eater to fish-out-of-water, a sole surviving full-scale model of the 1975 Jaws shark is on its way to a museum.


What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.


Department Of Education Creates Student Aid Enforcement Office

Monday, February 08, 2016

The Department of Education announced Monday it will create a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to crack down on higher education institutions that are taking advantage of vulnerable students.


A History Of The SAT In 4 Questions

Friday, January 22, 2016

The SAT has gone through big changes since 1926. The test reflects the nation's biases and times. Here's our subjective tour of the exam's history — in four questions.


How A Great Teacher Cultivates Veggies (And Kids) In The Bronx — In 17 Photos

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Science teacher Stephen Ritz and his students live in a food desert. His solution: Grow 100 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables a week — in the classroom.


The Trouble With Talking Toys

Monday, January 11, 2016

New research says some "educational" toys for infants actually get in the way of learning.


President Obama Signs Education Law, Leaving 'No Child' Behind

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The new law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, changes much about the federal government's role in education, largely by scaling back Washington's influence.


No Child Left Behind: An Obituary

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Congress has done its part, and the much-maligned law is on its way out. But what will folks say at the education law's wake? Hint: Most won't have tears in their eyes.


U.S. Colleges See A Big Bump In International Students

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new report backed by the State Department found a 10 percent jump in students coming to the U.S. for higher education.


Hey, New Teacher, Don't Quit. It Will Get Better

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

One new teacher in 10 will quit by the end of the first year. One teacher coined a phrase that explains why: Dark, Evil Vortex Of Late September, October and November, or DEVOLSON.


A Peek Inside: What Kids Saw On A Common Core Test

Friday, November 06, 2015

One of the two state consortia behind new, Common Core-aligned tests has released questions from its spring assessments.


Forcing Schools To Hit The 'Reset' Button

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

As Congress debates a rewrite of No Child Left Behind, we look at one school in Durham, N.C. Watts Elementary wasn't just restructured as a result of the law, it was completely reimagined.


No Child Left Behind: What Worked, What Didn't

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

As Congress attempts to rewrite the much-maligned federal education law, it's worth exploring its successes and shortcomings in fixing broken schools.


Sesame Street Reveals New Character, A Girl With Autism

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sesame Street unveiled a new character, Julia, who has autism. The online-only narrative is part of a new initiative to help children understand the condition and to be more tolerant of it.


Education Secretary Arne Duncan To Step Down

Friday, October 02, 2015

After nearly seven years in office, Duncan bows out, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of achievement and controversy.


Ruling In Compton Schools Case: Trauma Could Cause Disability

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A federal judge has ruled that a child's exposure to traumatic events could lead to disability. The decision allows a case against the Compton Unified School District to move forward.


Measuring The Use Of Force May Help New York Police To Limit It

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The New York Police Department is rolling out a new policy to record officers' use of force. The strategy has already been implemented in L.A. and Seattle. Advocates say it's an effec...


The Tennessee Pre-K Debate: Spinach Vs. Easter Grass

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A new Vanderbilt University study found that Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K for low-income children has no lasting benefits, stirring up an age-old debate in education circles.


Homework: A New User's Guide

Saturday, September 19, 2015

School's back in session, and that means the homework's back, too. Here's what you need to know about how much work U.S. students have to do and how to tell the difference between good work and bad.


Obama Makes College Aid Application Earlier And Easier

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Obama administration announced big changes Monday to help students fill out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, predicting hundreds of thousands more students will get help as a result.