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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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Lockheed Martin - $7,415.65 spent on 12 trips
57.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
42.5% spent on Republican Party

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
September 30, 2003 - September 30, 2003 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Speak at re-opening of Lockheed-Martin's Courtland, AL facility
Total Cost - $661.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (1 days)
Meridian, MS
Purpose - Attend event at Lockheed-Martin plant in Meridian
Total Cost - $612.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
July 8, 2003 - July 8, 2003 (1 days)
Meridian, MS
Purpose - A workplace shooting occurred at the Lockheed martin facility in Lauderdale County. I traveled to visit the plant, law enforcement and the victims in the hospital to assist in a very tragic situation
Total Cost - $515.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
December 15, 2003 - December 15, 2003 (1 days)
Marietta, GA
Purpose - Tour and fact-finding with Montana Company - summit Engineering
Total Cost - $488.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
January 30, 2003 - January 30, 2003 (1 days)
Greenville, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $800.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
September 30, 2002 - September 30, 2002 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Tour of Lockheed-Martin Courtland facility
Total Cost - $661.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Buffalo, NY - Binghamton, NY
Purpose - Official fact-finding travel.
Total Cost - $1,031.75

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
January 30, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (1 days)
Binghamton, NY
Purpose - briefing and tour
Total Cost - $1,500.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
July 23, 2004 - July 23, 2004 (1 days)
Albany, NY
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $520.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (1 days)
Binghamton, NY
Purpose - Official announcement
Total Cost - $410.00

WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 11, 2005 - April 11, 2005 (1 days)
Suffolk, VA
Purpose - Tour new facility
Total Cost - $216.90

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
July 8, 2004 - July 8, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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.