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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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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Trips sponsored by

Brazil-US Business Council


Total cost of 24 trips: $154,825.23


Traveler: Brett Shogren (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL; BRASILIA, BRAZIL; RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - MEET WITH INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN BRAZIL TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST SUCH AS TRADE, REGULATION AND ELECTRONIC COMMERCE.
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,108.56
source

Traveler: John Feehery (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,464.63
source

Traveler: Nicole Smith (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT AND LOUISNESS PERSONS
Date: May 27, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $5,464.63
source

Traveler: Meredith Broadbent (from the office of Bill Archer)
Destination: BRASILIA, SAO PAULO, RIO D'JANIERO BRAZIL
Purpose: DISCUSS BILATERAL TRADE ISSUES WITH BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES AND GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,160.20
source

Traveler: James Datri (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: BRASILIA-SAD PAULO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOV'T. AND BUSINESS LEADERS; LEARN FIRST-HAND HOW THE BRAZILIAN GOV'T OPERATES, AND ABOUT TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S.
Date: May 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,293.48
source

Traveler: Vincent Randazzo (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,892.00
source

Traveler: Dave Marventano (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,342.00
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose:
Date: May 26, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $8,342.00
source

Traveler: David Malech (from the office of Kevin Brady)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,842.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Vermilye (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. BUSINESSMAN RE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,042.00
source

Traveler: M H Sirh (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING - TRADE
Date: Jun 2, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,042.00
source

Traveler: Melissa Allen (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND AMERICAN AND CORPORATE REPRESENTATIVES
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,160.50
source

Traveler: Kirk Boyle (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: WASHINGTON - RIO DE JANEIRO - BRASILIA - SAU PAULO - SALVADOR
Purpose: CONGRESSION STAFF FACT-FINDING MISSION ON TRADE
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Traveler: John Tustin (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: BRAZIL: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASILIA, SAO PAULO, SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON TRADE
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Traveler: Richard Boykin (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: RIO DE JANIERO, BRASILLA, SAN PAULO, SALVADOR-BRAZIL
Purpose: (TRADE), EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS RE: STEEL, & FARMING INDUS
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Traveler: Kurt Markva (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: U.S. TO BRAZIL - SAO PAULO - RIO DE JANIERO - BRASILIA - SALVADOR - SAO PAULO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR TRADE AND CULTURAL EDUCATION
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,107.50
source

Traveler: Margaret Peterlin (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEET WITH MEMBERS OF BRAZIL'S CONGRESS AND GOVERNMENT MENISTERS TO DISCUSS TRADE & SECURITY ISSUES
Date: May 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,799.00
source

Traveler: Joel Maiula (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HIGH LEVEL MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES AND OVERALL RELATIONS
Date: May 24, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $5,797.00
source

Traveler: Melvin Spence (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,935.74
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,418.74
source

Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: RIO JANERIO, BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,128.87
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,055.37
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: DALLAS RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR-DC
Purpose: FACILITATE BUSINESS LEADERS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COMPANIES AS WELL AS AFRO-BRAZILIAN COMPANIES
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,289.37
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: BRAZIL
Purpose: CBCF TRIP TO BRAZIL
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,718.14
source



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.