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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.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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    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.
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Office of

George Nethercutt


Total cost of 46 office trips: $71,799.81


Trips by George Nethercutt
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $22,657.73

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,659.20
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA TO WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS
Purpose: TO ACCEPT THE GOLDEN PLOW AWARD AND THEN TO GET TO REP. CON
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,387.80
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Joslin Diabetes Center
Purpose: TO ATTEND USPS DIABETES AWARENESS STAMP CEREMONY
Date: Mar 16, 2001
Expense: $840.11
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES THROUGH MADRID TO MALAGA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: INTERPARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,096.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,770.00
source

Destination: MADRID, SPAIN TO HAVANA, CUBA TO DC
Sponsor: USA Rice Federation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,925.50
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: MICROSOFT, STARBUCKS, VULCAN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,979.12
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of George Nethercutt

Karl Anderson
Darin Beffa
Andrew Braff
Elise Deschenes
Amy Flachbart
Scott Gruber
Paul Kavinoky
Megan Lawrence
Rob Neal
Shelly Short
Jack Silzel
Stephen Taylor
Kendall Van Pool



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.