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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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Renaissance Institute - $19,706.68 spent on 11 trips
61.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
38.5% spent on Republican Party

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 1999 - January 2, 2000 (6 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $1,697.60

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Participate in seminars
Total Cost - $1,855.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
December 28, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - enhance understanding of some issues Congress may address this year, especially terrorism.
Total Cost - $2,150.00

CONRAD, KENT - Democratic Party
December 28, 2000 - January 1, 2001 (5 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - Participate in discussions of current issues
Total Cost - $4,360.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
March 21, 2003 - March 23, 2003 (3 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $674.88

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2003 - January 1, 2004 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
December 30, 2004 - December 31, 2004 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Speech and seminars
Total Cost - $600.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,680.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
December 28, 2002 - January 1, 2003 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in the Renaissance Weekend Spring conference which seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies
Total Cost - $1,600.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - To participate in conference sessions
Total Cost - $1,889.20

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.