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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.

Back to all reports

Recording Industry Association of America - $24,763.45 spent on 11 trips
32.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
67.8% spent on Republican Party

CLEMENT, BOB - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 26, 2001 (1 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Informational trip
Total Cost - $1,750.00

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
April 27, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (2 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Attend briefing on issues affecting the music industry
Total Cost - $1,058.50

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Briefings and tours with Sony, Warner and Universal record labels.
Total Cost - $350.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
March 19, 2001 - March 20, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $615.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - educational visit and briefing
Total Cost - $1,032.13

SCARBOROUGH, CHARLES JOSEPH - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music
Purpose - study intellectual property issues, online music technology, etc.
Total Cost - $1,118.26

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Bangkok, Thailand
Purpose - judiciary committee fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $11,685.09

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
March 16, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Briefings/workshops in reference to the recording industry.
Total Cost - $438.75

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
July 3, 2002 - July 7, 2002 (5 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - victory celebration and award presentation by the National Black Environmental Justice Network
Total Cost - $3,214.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
February 6, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Co-sponsor(s): National Assn of Recording Artists
Purpose - intellectual property and copyright issues in the recording industries
Total Cost - $2,383.46

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - gain an overview of copyright issues
Total Cost - $1,118.26

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.