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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

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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 National Association of Industry and Commerce - $189,350.66 spent on 28 trips
64.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
35.3% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,122.00

BARTLETT, ROSCOE G JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,120.00

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,590.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Meetings with Taiwanese officials, meetings with business leaders
Total Cost - $4,510.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $15,140.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

GILMAN, BENJAMIN A - Republican Party
August 13, 2001 - August 16, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit and participate in the Global Peace Conference
Total Cost - $9,900.00

HILLEARY, VAN - Republican Party
December 26, 2000 - January 2, 2001 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,190.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KING, PETER - Republican Party
August 27, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Education/meetings
Total Cost - $5,600.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (1 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $13,790.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
November 11, 2000 - November 26, 2000 (16 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, education visit
Total Cost - $3,770.00

NETHERCUTT, GEORGE R - Republican Party
April 10, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attend seminar
Total Cost - $3,770.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $4,950.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $5,050.00

OSE, DOUG - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding, educational and economic development
Total Cost - $5,050.00

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,550.00

RILEY, BOB - Republican Party
August 13, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,129.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Total Cost - $1,226.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 2, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding/education
Total Cost - $2,550.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
July 1, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (10 days)
Singapore
Co-sponsor(s): Singapore International Foundation
Purpose - official visit to gov't leaders
Total Cost - $20,831.66

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,786.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong
Co-sponsor(s): H & Q Asia Pacific
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $6,362.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit to Taiwan
Total Cost - $8,600.00

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.