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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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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Inayat Begum Foundation - $27,776.55 spent on 5 trips
26.6% spent on Democratic Party
48.4% spent on Independent Party
25.1% spent on Republican Party

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): Jubilee Campaign, USA
Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGOs, particularly on human rights issues
Total Cost - $7,381.92

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 3, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (13 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India - Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Jubilee Campaign, USA, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose - Pakistan/India portion: to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues. Taiwan portion: speak at Asia-Pacific Security Interparliamentary Forum, meet with President, vice-president and prime minister
Total Cost - $6,959.92

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan
Co-sponsor(s): Jubilee Campaign, USA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
February 20, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (3 days)
Pakistan
Purpose - People to people diplomacy, humanitarian aid
Total Cost - $550.00

PITTS, JOSEPH R - Independent Party
January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): Jubilee Campaign, USA
Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Total Cost - $7,506.71

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.