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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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    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.
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    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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U.S. Telecom Association - $32,134.17 spent on 14 trips
30.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
69.1% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
October 12, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend a dinner with the United States Telecom Association Board Members and speak to the USTA General Session Meeting
Total Cost - $1,974.41

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - Leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $758.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Indian Wells, CA
Purpose - Speech to conference on legislation stimulating broadband deployment
Total Cost - $850.00

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Fact finding - telecom issues
Total Cost - $2,083.30

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Educational - Telecom policy
Total Cost - $1,724.00

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,576.89

LAZIO, RICK - Republican Party
February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - keynote presentation on current telecom issues in congress
Total Cost - $3,168.00

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 20, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $5,633.00

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - to speak at USTA Telco Leadership Roundtable
Total Cost - $340.90

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
February 19, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $938.17

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $841.50

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - to address the USTA conference
Total Cost - $5,258.03

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Speech at the USTA conference - telecommunications leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $4,263.97

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Educational - Telecom Policy
Total Cost - $1,724.00

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.