Cory Turner

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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

If you made it past the headline, you're likely a student, concerned parent, teacher or, like me, a nerd nostalgist who enjoys basking in the distant glow of Homework Triumphs Past (second-grade report on Custer's Last Stand, nailed it!).

Whoever you are, you're surely hoping for some clarity in the ...


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.


The Surgeon Who Became An Activist For Baby Talk

Monday, September 14, 2015

It's not just baby talk. Any kind of talk with young children — especially if they're too young to talk back — will do.

Because talk is vital to a child's brain development, says Dana Suskind, who found her passion for literacy in an unlikely place: the operating room.

As ...


President Obama's New 'College Scorecard' Is A Torrent Of Data

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Obama administration unveiled its long-awaited College Scorecard on Saturday. It aims to help prospective students decide what school best fits their needs.


Why Are Colleges Really Going Test-Optional?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Hoping to improve campus diversity, George Washington University recently joined other schools that no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. But does ditching the tests actually help?


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

The motivation behind our series, 50 Great Teachers, is pretty simple: Celebrate great teaching and great teachers.

A few months ago, I celebrated Sarah Hagan, who doesn't so much teach algebra as shout it from the rooftops. Never have I seen more creative math lessons or more engaged students ...


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

In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.

And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who ...


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.