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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.

Back to all reports

SBC Telecommunications, Inc. - $97,767.03 spent on 17 trips
94.2% spent on Democratic Party
5.0% spent on Independent Party
0.8% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Microsoft, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, Microsoft
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $4,867.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 15, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (3 days)
Not specified
Co-sponsor(s): Microsoft, American Airlines
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,602.50

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Columbia, SC
Purpose - Inform on technology issues
Total Cost - $11,231.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Microsoft, American Airlines
Purpose - Technology tour in California
Total Cost - $4,867.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Nemocolin, PA
Co-sponsor(s): Accatel, Cable & Wireless, MP3.com, Pegasus, Science Applications Int'l Corp, Association for Competitive Technology, IDT Corporation, XO Communications
Purpose - Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $616.03

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Microsoft, American Airlines
Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Total Cost - $747.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Microsoft, American Airlines
Purpose - Hi-tech tour for CBC hosted by Rep. Johnson
Total Cost - $9,425.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Microsoft, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,594.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Purpose - Technology fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $4,867.00

MEEK, CARRIE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, Microsoft
Purpose - participate in technology briefing
Total Cost - $4,602.50

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, Microsoft
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $4,771.00

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, Microsoft
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, Microsoft
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour of facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
December 3, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (1 days)
Bedminster, NJ
Purpose - Site visit to AT&T Global Network Operations Center
Total Cost - $277.50

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
January 7, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (4 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Tour Pacific Bell network operations center as an educational fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $481.50

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, Microsoft
Purpose - to attend technology presentations & tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,203.00

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.