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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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    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.
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    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.

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.

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GREGG, JUDD A, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $0.00

Average cost per trip - $0.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 637 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New England Council
Dates - October 9, 2001 - October 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - "New Englander of the Year Award" event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Boston for self and spouse.

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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Invest to Compete Alliance Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Palm Beach, 3 nights hotel accommodation, and meals for self and spouse.

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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on Education Reform
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Jamaica and lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Boston College
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chestnut Hill, MA

Purpose - Boston College Center for Irish Programs "Public Service Award" event.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not specified - costs are for lodging and meal for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Middleburg, VA

Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for lodging and meals for self and spouse.

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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on US Mexico Relations
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Mexico and lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahamas

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on Brazil
Notes - Washington, DC - Bahamas - Washington, DC Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Cancer Research
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 5, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon, NH

Purpose - Forum on medical research and its practical effects
Notes - Washington, DC - Lebanon, NH Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes

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.