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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.

Back to all reports

Information Technology Industry Council - $15,105.54 spent on 11 trips
94.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
5.4% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus High Tech Community visit
Total Cost - $1,139.50

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Focus on how technology can be utilized to improve the quality of life in the Congressional District and to empower constituents.
Total Cost - $1,994.10

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Columbia, SC
Purpose - Tour high tech facilities and educational institutions
Total Cost - $1,173.20

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
April 20, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (3 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - CBC High Tech Summit
Total Cost - $1,043.55

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Technology fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $1,747.05

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (3 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Fact-finding tour with information technology expert
Total Cost - $960.70

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Tour Hi-Tech Companies
Total Cost - $814.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - CBC Technology Summit
Total Cost - $1,782.05

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Silicon Valley, CA
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus visit to foster better relations with the high-tech industry and minorities.
Total Cost - $1,188.69

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Total Cost - $924.20

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - fact-finding and educational
Total Cost - $2,338.50

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.