K-12 Education

6:03am

Thu May 22, 2014
NPR Ed

'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:30 am

Not all kids lie on research surveys. But enough teenagers make up answers that it can significantly skew the results.
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Teenagers face some serious issues: drugs, bullying, sexual violence, depression, gangs. They don't always like to talk about these things with adults.

One way that researchers and educators can get around that is to give teens a survey — a simple, anonymous questionnaire they can fill out by themselves without any grown-ups hovering over them. Hundreds of thousands of students take such surveys every year. School districts use them to gather data; so do the federal government, states and independent researchers.

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8:03am

Wed May 21, 2014
NPR Ed

What Secretary Duncan Said, And Whether It Matters

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:08 am

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan isn't going to be an NPR Ed regular. Except when he is.
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In the runup to this week's launch of NPR Ed, our team spent a lot of time talking about who we want to be and what kind of stories we want to tell. Stories about learning, stories about teachers and professors and students and principals and parents. Stories that take place in classrooms and communities.

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4:01pm

Tue May 20, 2014
NPR Ed

No 'Silver Bullet' For Ending America's Dropout Crisis

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:27 pm

Those who've quit high school say they don't like being called "dropouts." To them, it signals failure.
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Students at high schools across the country are wrapping up the school year, finishing special projects and studying for finals. A new study asks why many of them will never graduate. And the report, released today by America's Promise Alliance and the Center for Promise at Tufts University, found no easy answers to the nation's dropout crisis (more on the crisis itself in just a minute).

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7:40am

Tue May 20, 2014
NPR Ed

The 25 Most Promising Graduation Speeches Of The Year

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Every year, for the past eight years, I've read hundreds and hundreds of graduation speeches, all told more than 1,000.

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12:57pm

Mon May 19, 2014
NPR Ed

How News Organizations Covered Brown's 60th Anniversary

National Education Association staff members joined students, parents and educators at a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
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More than 700 miles separate Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Topeka, Kansas. But about one in three black students in the Alabama city today attend a school that could just as easily be in the Jim Crow days of the 1950s, ProPublica reported on Saturday.

Reporters visited two Tuscaloosa high schools — one all black, one integrated — and asked journalism students to document race and education through photos and six-word essays.

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