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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.

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.

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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CCIT - $8,130.77 spent on 14 trips
96.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
3.1% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Trade forum
Total Cost - $572.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Gave remarks and presided over panel at Monterey Congressional Forum
Total Cost - $1,293.50

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Part of legislative panel
Total Cost - $1,250.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Trade Policy conference
Total Cost - $130.90

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - give speech at annual conference
Total Cost - $526.92

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose - Speaking role at Monterey Trade Forum
Total Cost - $194.96

HOOLEY, DARLENE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Educational trip; speaking engagement
Total Cost - $575.00

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - attend Monterey Congressional Forum on Trade
Total Cost - $364.21

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - To attend Monterey Congressional forum on trade policy
Total Cost - $973.38

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Panelist at trade conference
Total Cost - $889.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 11, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - speak to conference attendees
Total Cost - $250.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $100.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): California Arts Council
Purpose - Featured speaker at congressional reception
Total Cost - $600.50

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Served on panel at Trade Policy Forum
Total Cost - $410.40

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.