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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

  • 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

J. Gresham Barrett


Total cost of 34 office trips: $75,672.14


Trips by J. Gresham Barrett
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $27,866.60

Destination: GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG, SC TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - GSP, SOUTH CAROLINA - TO TOUR YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SITE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S (DOE) NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN.
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,774.09
source

Destination: OSLO, NORWAY
Sponsor: Geno
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO NORWEGIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT A PROJECT THAT WOULD ISSUES THE SECURITY OF AMERICA'S FOOD SOURCE (FROM CATTLE).
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $10,131.76
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.05
source

Destination: BUDAPEST-MUNICH
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS FOR THE TRANS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE REGARDING A KNOWLEDGED-BASED, GLOBAL ECONOMY.
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,217.31
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: AREVA Group
Purpose: TO TOUR AREVA'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN FRANCE THAT HAVE EXPERTISE AND OPERATE IN EVERY SECTOR OF THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MOX FACILITIES, NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE, REACTORS, INSTRUMENTATION, NUCLEAR MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND ENGINEERING.
Date: Nov 27, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,631.86
source

Destination: CAPITOL HILL-BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: DISCUSS AGENDA FOR 109TH CONGRESS AND TO GET LEGISLATIVE BRIEFINGS ON KEY ISSUES
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $441.53
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of J. Gresham Barrett

Susan Aiken
David Black
Darryl Broome
Sandra Campbell
James Miller
Jay Ragley
Darrell Scott
Greg Thomas
William Williams



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.