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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

    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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Office of

Rick Santorum


Total cost of 78 office trips: $73,749.34


Trips by Rick Santorum
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $7,169.10

Destination: HARRISBURG, PA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: JG HOLDINGS INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 24, 2000
Expense: $380.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: THE MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW
Purpose: TV APPEARANCE
Date: Oct 18, 2000
Expense: $217.60
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: LEGATUS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR SELF AND SPOUSE
Date: Feb 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE HOLY CROSS FOUNDATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,000.00
source

Destination: CINCINNATI, OH
Sponsor: Catholic Men's Fellowship of Greater Cincinnati Inc
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 9, 2002
Expense: $987.50
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP MEETING
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,183.00
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: MEETING OF HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rick Santorum

Sarah Berk
Matthew Beynon
Randall Brandt
Andrew Cantor
Paul Feenstra
Kate Harris
Jill Hershey
Ashley Horning
Elizabeth Keys
Michelle Kitchen
Virginia Largay
Barbara Ledeen
Heather Maclean
Eric Miller
Anna Mitchell
Zachary Moore
Chris Myers
Wayne Palmer
Tim Petty
Jeremy Reyes
Mark Rodgers
Dan Ronayne
Melissa Sabatine
Melissa Seckora
Jeff Stoltzfoos
Jennifer Sweeney
Julie Teer
Robert Traynham
Jennifer Vesey



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.