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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.

Back to all reports

German Marshall Fund of the U.S. - $110,197.21 spent on 15 trips
42.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
57.3% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
November 29, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (2 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Heidelburg, Germany
Purpose - Speech to electronic commerce forum on Internet related issues on the US agenda
Total Cost - $3,850.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Participation in Ebusiness and Policy Forum
Total Cost - $7,779.00

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Munich, Germany
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $8,338.90

SMITH, ADAM - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Bangkok, Thailand - Nagoya, Japan
Purpose - Congressional trade and development study tour. The Trade and Poverty forum mobilizes political will and economic resources in the global fight against poverty.
Total Cost - $10,205.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan
Co-sponsor(s): Aspen Institute
Purpose - To participate in US-China relations conference (China), to participate in trade & poverty forum (Japan)
Total Cost - $11,852.95

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (5 days)
Key Largo, FL
Purpose - Meeting of the Congress - Bundestag Forum, a program for members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress to improve dialogue and cooperation
Total Cost - $2,175.55

BURGESS, MICHAEL C DR - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting with the German Parliament - Bundestag
Total Cost - $2,435.50

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
December 9, 2004 - December 11, 2004 (3 days)
Key Largo, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
July 2, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany
Purpose - To improve dialogue and cooperation between members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress and to gain additional insight into German politics and policy
Total Cost - $15,982.24

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - Parliamentary exchange with Members of the German Bundestag with Members of Congress
Total Cost - $15,179.44

SCHULTZ, DEBBIE WASSERMAN - Democratic Party
July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Robert Bosch Stiftung
Purpose - Congressional trip to Congress Bundestag Forum 2005
Total Cost - $16,204.43

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - London, England - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - Bring together elected members of Congress & German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting US & Europe; to develop informal connections w/colleagues
Total Cost - $8,990.68

TURNER, MIKE - Republican Party
July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - To bring together young influential members of the US Congress and the German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting the US and Europe and to build informal connections with colleagues.
Total Cost - $7,203.52

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.