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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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Princeton Univ - $10,325.81 spent on 19 trips
74.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
25.5% spent on Republican Party

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,552.22

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
January 26, 2001 - January 27, 2001 (2 days)
Trenton, NJ
Purpose - Board of Trustees Meeting. Washington, DC- Trenton, NJ
Total Cost -

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
April 21, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (1 days)
Trenton, NJ
Purpose - Board of Trustees lunch. Washington, DC - Trenton, NJ
Total Cost -

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
June 3, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (1 days)
Trenton, NJ
Purpose - Retiring Trustees dinner. Washington, DC - Trenton, NJ
Total Cost -

COLE, TOM - Republican Party
December 2, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Participate in polarization conference
Total Cost - $1,079.83

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
January 22, 2004 - January 24, 2004 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $492.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $447.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
May 27, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (6 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost -

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
September 10, 2004 - September 10, 2004 (1 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $157.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
November 11, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Participation in Princeton Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost -

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - Trustee meeting
Total Cost -

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
Trenton, NJ
Purpose - Trustee meeting
Total Cost -

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
May 28, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $1,742.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
September 19, 2002 - September 21, 2002 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $554.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
November 7, 2002 - November 9, 2002 (3 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $580.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
January 24, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (2 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $309.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
June 19, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (4 days)
Williamsburg, VA
Purpose - To participate in conference on Constitutional Principles in American History
Total Cost - $2,560.76

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $366.00

SARBANES, PAUL S - Democratic Party
April 14, 2005 - April 15, 2005 (2 days)
Princeton, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a Board of Trustees meeting
Total Cost - $486.00

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.