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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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Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association - $235,533.85 spent on 28 trips
46.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.2% spent on Republican Party

ACKERMAN, GARY L - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,970.00

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $12,090.00

BURTON, DANNY L - Republican Party
December 6, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (13 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - official visit with Pres./Am. Institute/and government and business leaders.
Total Cost - $7,250.00

CALLAHAN, HERBERT L - Republican Party
March 21, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (9 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $10,500.00

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 13, 2003 - January 21, 2003 (9 days)
Taiwan - Japan
Purpose - To participate in international inter-parliamentary conference on Asian-Pacific security and meet with Taiwanese officials including President, VP, Premier Speaker and legislators, and to meet with Japanese ministers and legislators.
Total Cost - $8,539.60

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 3, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (13 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India - Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Purpose - Pakistan/India portion: to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues. Taiwan portion: speak at Asia-Pacific Security Interparliamentary Forum, meet with President, vice-president and prime minister
Total Cost - $6,959.92

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
March 21, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (9 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,250.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $25,483.86

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,743.55

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Total Cost - $6,870.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (9 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $11,346.00

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taiwan - South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,838.30

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
December 12, 2002 - December 18, 2002 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $5,830.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
January 12, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - economic conference/ research
Total Cost - $10,173.62

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
March 23, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,200.00

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 14, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding Visit
Total Cost - $3,790.00

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,539.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 26, 2004 - June 30, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,500.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding trip/meeting with high government officials
Total Cost - $7,250.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
November 28, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Learn about Taiwan's defense needs and the trade relationship between Taiwan and America (especially Houston)
Total Cost - $8,000.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-Finding & Education visit
Total Cost - $14,500.00

BURTON, DANNY L - Republican Party
October 19, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (10 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,750.00

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
November 5, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding, educational visit
Total Cost - $7,250.00

LANGEVIN, JAMES R - Democratic Party
December 1, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,840.00

KENNEDY, PATRICK J - Democratic Party
January 4, 2004 - January 7, 2004 (4 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Promote and strengthen cultural and economic ties to Rhode Island
Total Cost - $4,700.00

GARRETT, E SCOTT - Republican Party
January 12, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Familiarization / Educational trip to Taiwan
Total Cost - $5,080.00

CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding.
Total Cost - $7,190.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
August 12, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending Democratic Pacific Union inaugural meeting and fact finding / educational visit
Total Cost - $8,100.00

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.