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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.

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.

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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Natl Council of La Raza - $11,699.18 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - June 27, 2004 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $737.04

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
July 16, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (1 days)
Milwaukee, WI
Purpose - Senator address national Council of La Raza's annual conference luncheon
Total Cost - $320.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
June 28, 2004 - June 29, 2004 (2 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - As a panelist provided updates on legislative work on behalf of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus
Total Cost - $177.29

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - June 27, 2004 (1 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $788.24

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - June 29, 2004 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Speaker at NCLR National Conference
Total Cost - $817.20

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 27, 2004 - December 30, 2004 (4 days)
Guadalajara, Mexico
Purpose - Retreat of Hispanic Leaders - Encuentro
Total Cost - $1,330.84

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 27, 2003 - December 30, 2003 (4 days)
Half Moon Bay, CA
Purpose - Hispanic leaders retreat - Encuentro
Total Cost - $2,139.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 26, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (6 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - Encuentro - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $2,066.79

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
December 26, 2000 - December 29, 2000 (4 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - Hispanic Leaders Retreat - Encuentro
Total Cost - $2,717.02

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
July 18, 2005 - July 19, 2005 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Congressman spoke at NCLR Annual Conference - session entitled "Wealth Creation in Latino Communities" on 7/19.
Total Cost - $605.76

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.