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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 Latin America Studies, University of California, Berkeley - $28,427.18 spent on 16 trips
90.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.1% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Speak to the Faculty and students on foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $356.50

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Total Cost - $787.75

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (5 days)
Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,725.92

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Participate in forum on US - Mexico
Total Cost - $1,594.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Commencement address
Total Cost - $288.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Address (speech) group to discuss current Orange County Issues
Total Cost - $750.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,507.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,787.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Panetta Institute
Purpose - To be part of student program
Total Cost - $8,099.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - Participation in the third annual United States - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,633.34

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - To participate in the US-Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $904.34

CANNON, CHRISTOPHER B - Republican Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - US-Mexico Futures Forum meeting. The Futures Forum is an unique network of leading political and social actors, who think about the issues facing bother countries
Total Cost - $1,844.54

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - 3rd Annual Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $2,414.36

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,792.98

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2004 - April 15, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at a public forum on Haiti, attended by faculty, students and community members
Total Cost - $378.00

LIPINSKI, DANIEL WILLIAM - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
London, England
Purpose - US Senate Conference: fact-finding conference
Total Cost - $564.45

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.