National assessment shows more K-12 students struggling to read

Correspondent Emily Hanford talks about the latest NAEP results and what they say about the state of reading instruction in the U.S.

A conversation with Emily Hanford on reading instruction in the U.S.

Hanford talks about her reporting on what's wrong with how schools teach reading.

As colleges navigate inclusion and free speech, students of color work to find their own way

Do administrators have to choose between protecting free speech and creating a civil climate on campus?

As colleges navigate inclusion and free speech, students of color work to find their own way

Flagship universities fail to represent state diversity

Across the country a gap persists between the number of black and Latino students graduating from state high schools, and the number enrolling as freshman at their state flagships.

The Bond Buster

Paul Dorr is a master of tactics to defeat referendums intended to finance public schools. He believes schools run by government steer kids away from Christianity. His campaigns — most of them in the Midwest — have also created lingering bitterness within communities.

At a Loss for Words: What's wrong with how schools teach reading

There is a theory about how people read words — one that's deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms. Although the idea has been disproved by cognitive scientists, it continues to be included in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers.

Students on the Move: Keeping uprooted kids in school

A growing body of research finds that repeatedly uprooted children are more likely to struggle in school and more likely to drop out. But there are ways to help them succeed.

Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

Colleges need to get more students to graduate, and many schools are embracing a tool used by corporations and social media companies to track the clicks and movements of their customers: big data.

Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

Tens of thousands of dollars later, most college grads say the degree was worth it

A recent survey from the APM Research Lab found most Americans think college is worth the cost.

Tens of thousands of dollars later, most college grads say the degree was worth it

Majority of Americans don't know that government has cut billions from higher education funding

A survey from the APM Research Lab shows that many people think funding has increased or stayed the same.

Majority of Americans don't know that government has cut billions from higher education funding

U.S. continues to slip behind other countries in percentage of population with degrees

A lack of highly skilled workers leaves American employers unable to fill jobs.

U.S. continues to slip behind other countries in percentage of population with degrees

Oklahoma charter school becomes lightning rod in debate over rural education

A businessman struggling to recruit employees opened the school despite objections from the local school board.

Oklahoma charter school becomes lightning rod in debate over rural education

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their legal status. One hopes to graduate with ...

If the Trump administration has its way, Jose would be forced from the U.S. just a few months before graduation.

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their legal status. One hopes to graduate with ...

Despite decades of pledging to hire more black faculty, most universities didn't

The number of black faculty on college campuses has gone down during the last decade.

Despite decades of pledging to hire more black faculty, most universities didn't

As they lose customers, universities try expanding the menu

Colleges nationwide have added more than 40,000 new degree and certificate programs in last six years, but are they better serving students?

In the fight over Kavanaugh, echoes of a battle being waged on college campuses nationwide

Across the country, schools wrestle with how sexual assault is defined and how much proof is needed.

In the fight over Kavanaugh, echoes of a battle being waged on college campuses nationwide

Poverty, perseverance and a PhD

An elite university helped her climb but changing class can be a lonely journey.

Hard Words: Why Aren't Our Kids Being Taught to Read?

Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships

You might think apprenticeships are a relic from an earlier era, but a growing number of Americans are using them as a way into the middle class.

Still Rising: First-Generation College Students a Decade Later

They bet that college would help them move up. Did it pay off?

Changing Class: Are Colleges Helping Americans Move Up?

Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone. But new research shows that with the country growing ever more economically divided, colleges are not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American Dream.

School on the move

A little-known program has been helping the children of migrant farmworkers graduate for more than 50 years.

Edged out of the middle class, teachers are walking out

Dissatisfied with low pay and school funding, teachers in more red states are poised to protest.

State financial aid money dries up before many low-income college students get help

Last year, almost a million students who qualified for state financial aid didn't get it.

State financial aid money dries up before many low-income college students get help