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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

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    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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Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha Torah - $66,829.22 spent on 8 trips
32.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
67.7% spent on Republican Party

MCHUGH, JOHN M - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (7 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - to participate in a defense aerospace homeland security mission and conference
Total Cost - $9,025.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): IDT Corporation
Purpose - to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Hispanic community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen received the Friend of Zion Award at ceremony from the municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Fund
Total Cost - $13,183.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - To participate in the Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission and speak at the Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Conference
Total Cost - $8,725.00

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,160.22

NELSON, E BENJAMIN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Jerusalem, Israel
Purpose - To receive the Friend of Zion Award
Total Cost - $12,850.00

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (1 days)
Orange County, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,236.00

REID, HARRY - Democratic Party
August 19, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (8 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Fact-finding trip.
Total Cost -

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - To strengthen international understanding while practicing strategic partnerships & joint ventures. Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission of Peace
Total Cost - $19,650.00

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.