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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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Center for International Policy - $30,577.19 spent on 18 trips
81.9% spent on Democratic Party
8.0% spent on Independent Party
10.1% spent on Republican Party

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
May 28, 2000 - May 31, 2000 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding trip/discuss impact of UN embargo.
Total Cost - $1,874.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 31, 2003 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Cuba
Total Cost - $2,140.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,029.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,205.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
June 29, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (4 days)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Purpose - to demonstrate solidarity in the Environmental Movement of Olancho's March for Life. A march in protest of illegal logging in the Honduras and the system that corrupts it
Total Cost - $1,628.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Urbanists International
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $1,380.00

MORAN, JERRY - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - examine agricultural trade opportunities in Cuba
Total Cost - $932.00

REHBERG, DENNIS R - Republican Party
September 12, 2003 - September 15, 2003 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,150.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding trip on international prescription drug cost differential
Total Cost - $1,299.69

THOMPSON, MIKE - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - To meet with Cuban government officials, trade representatives and US interest section officials
Total Cost - $1,494.50

THOMPSON, MIKE - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,410.00

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - California Trade
Total Cost - $1,910.00

HARKIN, THOMAS RICHARD - Democratic Party
April 21, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,386.00

LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT - Democratic Party
May 28, 2000 - May 31, 2000 (4 days)
Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,197.00

BAUCUS, MAX - Democratic Party
September 13, 2003 - September 15, 2003 (3 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $600.00

CONRAD, KENT - Democratic Party
February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact finding mission primarily in the area of agriculture
Total Cost - $4,142.00

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - Speaker at conference on the future of US-Cuba policy
Total Cost - $350.00

JEFFORDS, JAMES M - Independent Party
April 29, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - To encourage greater trade with the State of Vermont and to investigate the current political and economic status of Cuba
Total Cost - $2,450.00

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.