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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

Peter Defazio


Total cost of 36 office trips: $81,675.31


Trips by Peter Defazio
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $28,215.73

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,417.93
source

Destination: BOAT TRIP THRU PARTS OF ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF TONGAES NH FOREST
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,207.88
source

Destination: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE IN MAUI HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES DISCUSSION W/ INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,257.00
source

Destination: EUGENE-KONA-PDX
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF CURRENT AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,319.32
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI-EUGENE
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF AVIATION SECURITY POST SEPT. 11TH
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,217.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: United States - New Zealand Council
Purpose: US-NZ TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $2,746.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NTL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB & WILDERNESS SOCIETY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ON OIL DRILLING, ENERGY & WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,902.13
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Purpose: SPOKE TO NATCA CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $148.47
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Defazio

Lisa Cohen
Penny Dodge
David Dreher
Katherine Eastman
Kristine Greco
Amelia Jenkins
Ven Neralla
Thomas Vinson
Katherine Weatherly Dedrick



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.