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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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Real Time with Bill Maher-Los Angeles, CA - $51,964.33 spent on 29 trips
81.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
18.7% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
September 27, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Interview plus speech
Total Cost - $692.18

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Santa Ana, CA - Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To speak in panel to Corporate Alliances Partner Summit
Total Cost - $6,294.88

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Television Appearance - speaking
Total Cost - $2,514.50

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
April 1, 2002 - April 2, 2002 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - appearance on program
Total Cost - $2,901.19

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
August 4, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (4 days)
Anaheim, CA
Co-sponsor(s): MIS Training Institute, NBC - Meet the Press
Purpose - Speech to MIS on information / Internet security issues, meetings with Disney executives on legislative issues, speech to Universal employees on intellectual property issues.
Total Cost - $2,011.63

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
May 3, 2003 - May 3, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY - Columbia, SC
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $828.00

HUTCHINSON, WILLIAM ASA - Republican Party
October 17, 2000 - October 18, 2000 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - appearance on televised program
Total Cost - $1,791.60

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
August 5, 2000 - August 5, 2000 (1 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - return to Washington for media appearance
Total Cost - $455.04

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Not specified
Purpose - taping of "This Week"
Total Cost - $330.43

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - November 27, 2000 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - News and analysis program
Total Cost - $835.10

WILSON, HEATHER A - Republican Party
September 19, 2003 - September 20, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - appeared as guest on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss public policy issues
Total Cost - $799.43

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 8, 2001 (2 days)
Dover, DE - Orlando, FL
Purpose - appearance on "This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts"
Total Cost - $2,447.50

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 5, 2003 - April 5, 2003 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
Total Cost - $245.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
May 14, 2003 - May 14, 2003 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Interview on ABC news
Total Cost - $170.85

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
August 29, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Total Cost - $8,410.75

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
April 25, 2004 - April 25, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
Total Cost - $647.29

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
April 28, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - appear on "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts"
Total Cost - $1,295.40

HUTCHINSON, TIM - Republican Party
March 16, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - interview with ABC News
Total Cost - $1,350.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
January 23, 2001 - January 23, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Good Morning America
Total Cost - $55.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
January 21, 2001 - January 21, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on This Week
Total Cost - $140.00

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
March 18, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on This Week
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LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
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Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on This Week
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January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Anaheim, CA
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EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
CA
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JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Media purposes
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BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
September 18, 2004 - September 19, 2004 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
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WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (3 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - The purpose of the trip was to appear on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
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BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 16, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
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BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 20, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on "This Week"
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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.