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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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International Foundation - $84,775.27 spent on 16 trips
23.3% spent on Democratic Party
8.8% spent on Independent Party
67.8% spent on Republican Party

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Purpose - To build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Israel and the United States and Jordan
Total Cost - $7,611.25

CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Minsk, Belarus
Purpose - relationship building
Total Cost - $7,490.00

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Aruba
Purpose - Speaker at annual convention
Total Cost - $2,622.00

HALL, TONY P - Democratic Party
February 18, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (9 days)
Kona, HI
Co-sponsor(s): University of Nation
Purpose - Meetings with officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $3,454.50

HALL, TONY P - Democratic Party
April 10, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (13 days)
Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - Meetings with government officials, outreach, and other National Prayer Breakfast activities.
Total Cost - $11,480.36

HOEKSTRA, PETER - Republican Party
December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Purpose - to build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Jordan
Total Cost - $7,888.25

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Belarus
Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Total Cost - $7,490.00

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
December 8, 2000 - December 14, 2000 (7 days)
Greece - Serbia - Croatia - Macedonia - Kosovo
Purpose - meetings w government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $3,316.00

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
Kona, HI
Co-sponsor(s): University of Nation
Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $3,482.50

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (8 days)
Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Total Cost - $1,901.08

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
August 21, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (9 days)
Albania - Rome, Italy
Purpose - meetings with government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities - meeting in Rome regarding world food program, hunger and foreign assistance
Total Cost - $2,524.00

ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC - Republican Party
August 26, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Participation in Policy Dialogues with Japanese Government Officials
Total Cost - $3,869.33

ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC - Republican Party
December 8, 2003 - December 16, 2003 (9 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan
Purpose - Participation in fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $9,378.75

ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 25, 2004 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Participation in policy dialogues/programs with Japanese government officials
Total Cost - $3,560.40

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Tortola
Purpose - Speaker at annual prayer breakfast
Total Cost - $2,228.00

COBURN, THOMAS A - Republican Party
June 2, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (4 days)
Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - Develop leadership / fellowship groups within Lebanon government; build bonds
Total Cost - $6,478.85

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.