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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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SMITH, ROBERT, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $16,053.80

Average cost per trip - $2,675.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 348 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,082.00
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $136.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,050.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Group International
Dates - August 25, 2000 - August 27, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - British Columbia, Canada

Purpose - overview for senators of work done by wgI and relation to congressional agenda
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Stuart Island

Travel Cost - $6,400.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,220.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in a congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,279.50
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,049.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Woods Hole, MA

Purpose - climate science briefings to group of senators, staff
Notes -

Travel Cost - $706.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $706.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Domestic Petroleum Council
Dates - June 12, 2000 - June 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pascagoula, MS

Purpose - field trip to the Kerr-McGee/Dominion Neptune Star deepwater production plantform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $968.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George C. Marshall Institute, American Standard Co
Dates - November 29, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Carlsbad, CA

Purpose - to participate in a symposium on Global Climate Change and industrial Challenges
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,217.00
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,047.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.