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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

  • 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.

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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Public Governance Institute - $121,867.30 spent on 99 trips
47.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.4% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,574.00

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,592.00

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003. Education/member communication.
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALLANCE, FRANK W JR - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,425.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,254.00

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BONILLA, HENRY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

BOOZMAN, JOHN N - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

BURNS, O MAXIE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan planning trip for members of congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,385.00

CAMP, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA - Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - bi-partisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $977.69

CASE, EDWARD E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Fact finding (Congressional Retreat 2003)
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,035.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,576.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - educational retreat - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $2,471.15

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Total Cost - $778.76

FRELINGHUYSEN, RODNEY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,035.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,751.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat - freshman
Total Cost - $888.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,707.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,894.96

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,065.46

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,576.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $988.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

KLINE, JOHN P - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,783.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $1,400.92

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MALONEY, CAROLYN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat; discussion, planning
Total Cost - $888.00

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

MICA, JOHN L - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by the Public Governance Institute
Total Cost - $802.82

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan retreat for house members
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - official congressional retreat-Educational
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

PLATTS, TODD R - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,935.00

POMBO, RICHARD - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $880.71

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

ROYCE, ED - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation retreat
Total Cost - $1,303.94

RUPPERSBERGER, CA DUTCH - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA delegation bi partisan retreat meetings
Total Cost - $1,290.42

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,246.42

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $823.19

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $888.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

TURNER, JAMES (JIM)WILLIAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WAMP, ZACH - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - for bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

WAXMAN, HENRY A - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Bipartisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $3,039.19

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - discussion of issues and agenda
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - California delegation retreat, 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.92

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
December 6, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (2 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - To participate in the California delegation bipartisan congressional retreat
Total Cost - $403.75

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

LUNGREN, DANIEL E - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $350.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

PASCRELL, WILLIAM J JR - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center
Total Cost - $350.00

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relative to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee, and the working relationship among it's Members
Total Cost - $350.00

SMITH, LAMAR - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment on the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and, in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MCCAUL, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the committee's responsibilities and in the process improve the working environment of the committee and the working relationship among members
Total Cost - $404.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, and in the process, improve the working environment and working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - House Committee on Homeland Security Member Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship
Total Cost - $404.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational, public policy, 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,063.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Attend bipartisan Congressional retreat.
Total Cost - $1,226.00

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.