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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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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Trips sponsored by

Alfred P Sloan Foundation


Total cost of 30 trips: $29,052.60


Traveler: Chris Delacy (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: CONFERENCE-"TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND THE 107TH CONGRESS"
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $366.58
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Traveler: Harlan Watson (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF-"TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND THE 107TH CONGRESS"
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $350.58
source

Traveler: David Rapallo (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: MIT SENIOR STAFF SEMINAR - "DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY"
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE WITH DEFENSE TECH. EXPERTS
Date: Apr 13, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
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Traveler: Harlan Watson (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: CAMBRIGE, MA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF: "DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,404.20
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BOSTON, MASS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS AND BRIEFINGS AT MIT AND LINCOLN LABORATORY ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Traveler: Frederick Downey (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
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Traveler: David Sewell (from the office of John Tierney)
Destination: DCA/BOS, 3 DAY CONFERENCE
Purpose: SENIOR STAFF SEMINAR-"DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.30
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Traveler: Arun Seraphin (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Purpose: DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,026.80
source

Traveler: John Rishel (from the office of James Hansen)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR AT MIT ON "ENERGY: TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHOICES"
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,122.00
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Traveler: Allen Cutler (from the office of Pete Domenici)
Destination: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: MIT 2002 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR. ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHOICES
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $866.60
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Traveler: Kristen Sarri (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON "ENERGY: TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHANGES"
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $886.60
source

Traveler: Tracy Nagelbush (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: BOSTON, MIT
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ENERGY POLICY AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $699.05
source

Traveler: Antonio Santalucia (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $883.60
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Traveler: Sharon Barkeloo (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: BOSTON LOGAN
Purpose: TO ATTEND MASSACHUSSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,123.30
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Traveler: Donald Marron (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: MIT CAMPUS-CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: 2004 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
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Traveler: John Mcinerney (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: MIT CAMPUS-CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: 2004 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,173.60
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Traveler: James Brannon (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: MIT CAMPUS-CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: 2004 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,016.05
source

Traveler: Chad Stone (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: MIT CAMPUS-CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: 2004 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,030.05
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Traveler: Tom Miller (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: MIT CAMPUS-CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: 2004 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,015.55
source

Traveler: Michelle Mcmurry (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,008.05
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT'S 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,018.87
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Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT'S 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES"
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,179.52
source

Traveler: Michael O'rielly (from the office of John Sununu)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND THE INTERNET AS PART OF AN MIT SERIES FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $833.15
source

Traveler: Tom Miller (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: MIT CAMPUS, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: 2005 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,020.52
source

Traveler: Chad Stone (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,004.98
source

Traveler: Peter Rooney (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND A SEMINAR FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TELECOMS POLICY HOSTED BY MIT
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $977.32
source

Traveler: Johannes Loschnigg (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: DC - CAMBRIDGE, MA - NY, NY
Purpose: ATTENDING MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,046.32
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Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES"
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $927.20
source

Traveler: Allen Littman (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Purpose: TO ATTEND SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES," AT MIT
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $985.19
source

Traveler: Nancy Scola (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE MA
Purpose: ATTEND 2005 MIT SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER SEMINAR ON "TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND THE INTERNET FOUNDATION"
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,005.17
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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.