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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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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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Office of

Richard Gephardt


Total cost of 37 office trips: $101,496.87


Trips by Richard Gephardt
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $13,440.82

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees)
Purpose: ADDRESS THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 27, 2000
Expense: $1,163.00
source

Destination: BOSTON-CHICAGO-DC
Sponsor: ATLH
Purpose: ADDRESS ATLA NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $607.42
source

Destination: CHICAGO,IL
Sponsor: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH
Date: Jul 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $151.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: ATLA YEARLY CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $801.50
source

Destination: ATTEND MTGS OF AFL-CIO CONVENTION
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL MTGS
Date: Mar 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,270.90
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: Panetta Institute
Purpose: TO BE PART OF STUDENT PROGRAM
Date: May 23, 2004
Expense: $8,099.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, CANADA
Sponsor: Sunbelt Communications Co
Purpose: TO MEET W/ UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS FROM US COLLEGES RE: EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Jul 29, 2004
Expense: $1,348.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Gephardt

Edith Bernards
Robert Cogorno
James Davis
Matt Davis
Steve Elmendorf
William Frymoyer
Charles Jefferson
Sean Kennedy
Kris Kolluri
Moses Mercado
Michael Messmer
Daniel Navisky
Elizabeth O'hara
Shanti Ochs
Maura Policelli
Daniel Turton
Geoff Werth



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.