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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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Yale Law School - $10,251.23 spent on 12 trips
68.7% spent on Democratic Party
4.5% spent on Independent Party
26.8% spent on Republican Party

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 4, 2003 - June 5, 2003 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech on Nursing and Public Policy
Total Cost - $1,032.00

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech at major symposium
Total Cost - $964.00

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - participation in Judge Higginbotham Conference
Total Cost - $475.85

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - To deliver the opening address at the Race, Values and the American Legal Process dinner/conference
Total Cost - $410.58

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Speech at Yale Political Science Alumni Reunion
Total Cost - $308.00

RIVERS, LYNN NANCY - Democratic Party
March 4, 2002 - March 5, 2002 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - deliver keynote speech at Yale Political Union meeting
Total Cost - $632.00

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK - Democratic Party
May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - receive honorary degree
Total Cost - $1,710.00

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $840.84

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
July 6, 2004 - July 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Keynote speaker - Yale Howard Partnership Center on Reducing Health Disparities Yale University
Total Cost - $465.00

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004 (2 days)
New Haven, CT
Purpose - Featured speaker at annual Herbert Walker Series at Yale University
Total Cost - $935.19

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Hartford, CT
Purpose - Yale University Class Day speaker
Total Cost - $693.97

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Aspen, CO
Purpose - To deliver a keynote address and participate in a conference on the environment and climate change
Total Cost - $1,783.80

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.