Cory Turner

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Standardized Testing: The Onion Nails It

Friday, May 30, 2014

Standardized tests. A lot of parents hate them because they think they're too stressful, that their kids take too many, and that a bad test could ruin hopes of Harvard.

Some teachers are dubious because they're often judged, in part, on how well kids do on these tests.

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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

For years, President Obama has been a vocal booster of early childhood education. In his past two State of the Union addresses, he has called on Congress to help fund preschool for every child in the country.

"Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a ...


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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Teachers Hit The Books To Master New Education Standards

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

The Common Core will soon apply to most of ...


Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Common Core" is one of the biggest phrases in education today. To many educators and policymakers, it's a big, exciting idea that will ensure that America's students have the tools to succeed after graduation.

But a growing number of conservatives see things differently.

For years, states used their own, state-specific ...


How Do You Teach The Civil Rights Movement?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Note: As part of NPR's series on the summer of 1963, reporter Cory Turner headed to Jackson, Miss. to take a look at how folks are teaching the Civil Rights movement to kids who weren't a part of it — and making the lessons stick.

Much has changed in the ...