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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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Sierra Club Foundation - $46,139.82 spent on 12 trips
89.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
10.6% spent on Republican Party

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - Fact finding trip - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Total Cost - $2,761.86

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
July 1, 2000 - July 5, 2000 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society
Purpose - Education
Total Cost - $5,795.54

DEFAZIO, PETER A - Democratic Party
June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Total Cost - $4,902.08

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (9 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League
Purpose - Tour of wildlife refuge
Total Cost - $2,696.48

MCCOLLUM, BETTY - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - Fact finding trip to Artic Refuge
Total Cost - $3,017.08

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $5,209.80

CHAFEE, LINCOLN D - Republican Party
August 3, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK - Artic Village, AK - Artic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - fact-finding trip on Artic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $4,905.15

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - July 1, 2004 (5 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling, energy, and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $2,506.00

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
March 5, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (3 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - To participate in an environmental conference, "Progressive Litigation in Perilous Times"
Total Cost - $1,698.82

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 4, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (4 days)
Sundance, UT
Purpose - At attend a conference
Total Cost - $2,347.98

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $3,739.27

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Beaver, AK - Arctic Village, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earth Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling /energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $6,559.76

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.