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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.

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

Council on Foreign Relations


Total cost of 15 trips: $23,993.66


Traveler: Carl Levin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: DEBATE ON NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE WITH ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE SENATE
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $259.90
source

Traveler: Thad Cochran (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $97.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Smith (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Expense: $609.40
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: SAN JUAN
Purpose: ATTEND CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 2000 ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.55
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Traveler: Robert King (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SYMPOSIUM
Date: Feb 20, 2001
Expense: $111.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Kroll (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN LUNCHEON PROGRAM DISCUSSING TERRORISM, MONEY LAUNDERING, AND THE USA PATRIOT ACT
Date: Dec 4, 2001
Expense: $343.00
source

Traveler: Patricia Mcnerney (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS CONFERENCE: AMERICA AND EUROPE: AT A NEW CROSSROADS?
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $892.00
source

Traveler: Norman Dicks (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $567.50
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO
Purpose: ATTEND THE ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $14,461.00
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Traveler: David Olson (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A MEETING
Date: Dec 12, 2002
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: Dec 16, 2002
Expense: $995.06
source

Traveler: Frederic Baron (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA, TURKEY
Purpose: COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
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Traveler: Chuck Hagel (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 11, 2004
Expense: $890.90
source

Traveler: Edward Levine (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION OF "THE ATLANTIC STORM WAR GAME: LESSONS FOR SMALLPOX AND INFLUENZAA."
Date: Jun 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $464.35
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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.