Jessica Turtura

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Dr. Turtura is a Research Associate at the Center on Teaching and Learning. She currently serves or has served as the Research Manager on five federally funded research grants through the Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, The Office of Innovation and Improvement (i3), and Office of Special Education Programs.

Dr. Turtura’s work is focused on the development and evaluation of intervention programs for students with or at-risk for learning difficulties, She has managed the development and evaluation of a range of teacher-led mathematics curricula including a core kindergarten program (Early Learning in Mathematics), an intervention program for first grade (FUSION) and an iPad-based intervention program focused on measurement and data analysis (Precision Math).

As the Dissemination Lead for the National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy, Dr. Turtura also oversees the dissemination of evidence-based products for students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. In this role, she has led the development and dissemination of numerous scientifically proven resources for educators and students.


Ph.D., 2011, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Major: School Psychology

M.A., 2011, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Major: Special Education

B.A., 2005, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
Major: Psychology


Doabler, C. T., Clarke, B., Firestone, A. R., Turtura, J., Jungjohann, K. J., Sutherland, M., ... Fien, H. (2018). Applying the Curriculum Research Framework in the Design and Development of a Technology-Based Tier 2 Mathematics Intervention. Journal of Special Education Technology. 016264341881205. 10.1177/0162643418812051.

Gearin, B., Turtura, J., Kameenui, E., Nelson, N., & Fien, Hank. (2018). A Multiple Streams Analysis of Recent Changes to State-Level Dyslexia Education Law. Educational Policy. 089590481880732. 10.1177/0895904818807328.

Clarke, B., Doabler, C. T., Smolkowski, K., Turtura, J., Kosty, D., Kurtz-Nelson, E., … Baker, S. K. (2018). Exploring the Relationship Between Initial Mathematics Skill and a Kindergarten Mathematics Intervention. Exceptional Children. doi: 10.1177/0014402918799503.

Baker, S., Nelson, N., Stoolmiller, M., Kennedy Paine, P., Turtura, J., Crone, D. & Fien, H. (2018). Intervening with Struggling Readers in Seventh Grade: Impact Evidence from Six School Districts. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. 1-49. 10.1080/19345747.2018.1472357.

Crone, D. A., Stoolmiller, M., Baker, S. K., Fien, H., Turtura, J., Cary, M. S., … Kame’enui, E. J. (2018). Addressing the Practice-to-Research Gap: A Rigorous Evaluation of Local Education Agency–Based Interventions for Struggling Readers in Sixth Grade. Assessment for Effective Intervention. doi: 10.1177/1534508418756730

Clarke, B., Doabler, C. T., Kosty, D., Kurtz Nelson, E., Smolkowski, K., Fien, H., & Turtura, J. (2017). Testing the efficacy of a kindergarten mathematics intervention by small group size. AERA open, 3(2), 1–16.

Turtura, J., Anderson, C.M., & Boyd, R.J. (2014).  Addressing task avoidance in middle school students: Academic Behavior Check


Dr. Turtura’s research focuses on early math and reading intervention strategies and materials, factors predicting nonresponse to intervention, and schoolwide multi-tiered systems of support.