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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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US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Turkey - $122,397.98 spent on 33 trips
41.9% spent on Democratic Party
4.1% spent on Independent Party
54.1% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $3,646.40

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (3 days)
Germany
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,192.50

DANNER, PAT - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual Congress-Bundentag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,847.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,662.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,046.31

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $2,633.60

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,611.50

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,139.00

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - To attend the 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,227.74

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - 18th Annual Congress-Bundestag Exchange Seminar
Total Cost - $2,128.37

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,835.50

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy
Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $5,104.91

LAFALCE, JOHN J - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,606.00

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - attend Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $807.60

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,011.40

MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congressional Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

PICKETT, OWEN B - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $1,290.00

ROMERO-BARCELO, CARLOS - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $4,600.40

ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Total Cost - $7,165.64

SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Total Cost - $704.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 15, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (2 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Attend 20th Annual Congress Berndestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,065.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,555.20

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives, and EU and NATO officials to discuss the US - German relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN
Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Total Cost - $2,401.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of mutual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace process and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $7,091.98

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Twin Cities, MN
Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Total Cost - $1,179.25

DEAL, NATHAN - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of manual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace processes and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

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.