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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

Pfizer, Inc. - $27,627.47 spent on 11 trips
97.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
2.1% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 30, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (5 days)
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico
Purpose - Caribbean summit meeting on HIV/AIDS
Total Cost - $2,532.39

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speaker for Pfizer corporate planning meeting
Total Cost - $1,886.30

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
February 8, 2004 - February 10, 2004 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA - Miami, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,310.15

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 30, 2000 - September 2, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY - Groton, CT
Purpose - To meet with Pfizer Executives and tour the Pfizer Global Research & Development Center
Total Cost - $5,233.54

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speaking to group of Pfizer executives - public policy
Total Cost - $1,929.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 28, 2002 - September 1, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speak to senior executives
Total Cost - $3,433.72

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 31, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meet with Pfizer executives
Total Cost - $764.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 6, 2004 - February 8, 2004 (3 days)
Wellington, FL
Purpose - To discuss the Medical Centers goals and concerns regarding Senate's new health care incentives
Total Cost - $1,515.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
October 17, 2002 - October 18, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Pfizer Medical Futures Forum - Speech
Total Cost - $569.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 2, 2004 - September 5, 2004 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To address Senior Executives of Pfizer at their monthly board meeting - Attended luncheon and dinner meetings.
Total Cost - $1,717.71

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.