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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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Sony Music Entertainment - $23,452.83 spent on 14 trips
76.2% spent on Democratic Party
2.9% spent on Independent Party
20.9% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $719.62

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $1,450.72

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Co-sponsor(s): Altria, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
July 17, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Tour Sony Studios and participate in meetings with Sony officials
Total Cost - $823.08

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
April 15, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Visit Sony music studios, Press Play joint venture and meet with music industry representatives regarding privacy and intellectual property concerns.
Total Cost - $680.00

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-caucus retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Total Cost - $1,709.22

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Congressional Conference
Total Cost - $1,566.51

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by Sony Music
Total Cost - $1,000.21

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Pfizer, Inc., 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, LINDA - Democratic Party
October 4, 2003 - October 6, 2003 (3 days)
Mexico City, Mexico - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $1,583.96

SCARBOROUGH, CHARLES JOSEPH - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose - study intellectual property issues, online music technology, etc.
Total Cost - $1,118.26

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 10, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (7 days)
Honolulu, HI
Purpose - Keynote, Sony Open Forum 2005 "Era of Convergence: Re-examining its Threats and Opportunities"
Total Cost - $3,793.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To participate in briefings, demonstrations and discussions related to the music industry
Total Cost - $695.01

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - Congressional Tri Caucus retreat
Total Cost - $2,277.58

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.