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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

Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce


Total cost of 28 trips: $37,576.55


Traveler: Charles Freeman (from the office of Frank Murkowski)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: STAFF DEL REGARDING PROPOSED US-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Tiffany Smith (from the office of Bob Graham)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR INDIVIDUALS OR EXCHANGE IDEAS AND DISCUSS POLICY ON U.S./CHILE FREE TRADE AREA
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $621.10
source

Traveler: John Gilliland (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF CHILE
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,208.00
source

Traveler: Theodore Posner (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP FOR SENATE STAFF
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,480.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Blanton (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,281.10
source

Traveler: Debra Dixon (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING US-CHILE FTA NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.00
source

Traveler: Tanner Gilreath (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN USA & CHILE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,281.00
source

Traveler: Pete Spiro (from the office of Tim Roemer)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT-FINDING EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,116.00
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING US-CHILE FTA NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Maier (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TRIP REGARDING U.S.-CHILE TRADE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,281.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Sepulveda (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON TRADE
Date: May 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,462.89
source

Traveler: Jeff Harrison (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: DISCUSS US-CHILE FTA
Date: May 24, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,425.33
source

Traveler: Christopher Campbell (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO CHILE IN ADVANCE OF THE SIGNING OF THE U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT THIS REPORT IS FOR AIRTRAVEL ONLY
Date: May 24, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $813.90
source

Traveler: Bruce Artim (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO CHILE IN ADVANCE OF THE SIGNING OF THE U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT THIS REPORT IS FOR AIRTRAVEL ONLY
Date: May 24, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $813.90
source

Traveler: Simon Brandler (from the office of Jon Corzine)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CHILE FTA
Date: May 25, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,425.33
source

Traveler: Walter Fischer (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: MEETINGS/BRIEFINGS RE U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: May 25, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,336.00
source

Traveler: Lori Denham (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: IAD - SANTIAGO, CHILE - IAD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Baker (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: SANTIAGO-VALPARASIO
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO CHILE. US-CHILE FTA
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Doug Campbell (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: CHILE
Purpose: MEETINGS ON U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Kate Krause (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RELATED TO U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Jessica Battaglia (from the office of John Lewis)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RE US/CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,166.00
source

Traveler: Kathleen Lydon (from the office of Judy Biggert)
Destination: SANTIAGO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: John Szymanski (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: DC/REAGAN TO MIAMI TO SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE PENDING US-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Ryan Guthrie (from the office of Baron Hill)
Destination: SANTIAGO CHILE - VALPARAISO CHILE
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CHILE AND THE CHILE-US FTA
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Thad Huguley (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: SANTIAGO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO CHILE. FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON US/CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Paul Poteet (from the office of Wally Herger)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH CHILEAN GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY LEPS.
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO CHILE
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: Karissa Willhite (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE/VALPARAISO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO CHILE-US-CHILE FTA
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
source

Traveler: James Kaski (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING US-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,516.00
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.