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

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Total cost of 44 trips: $72,376.42


Traveler: Cameron Doolittle (from the office of Steve Largent)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; ALGIERS, ALGERIA; SAWHARI REFUGEE CAMPS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN SAWHARI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Apr 20, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $1,285.00
source

Traveler: Randall Stephens (from the office of Roscoe Bartlett)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Apr 22, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,585.00
source

Traveler: Eric Mondero (from the office of Ron Packard)
Destination: ALGERIA VIA SPAIN
Purpose: VISIT REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,084.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Wilson (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; ALGERIE, ALGERIA; TIRDEUF, ALGERIZ
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,266.50
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Stewart (from the office of Steve Largent)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; ALGIERS, ALGERIA; SAWHARI REFUGEE CAMPS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN SAWHARI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,285.00
source

Traveler: Jared Weaver (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: WASHINGTON - MADRID, SPAIN - SOUTHERN ALGERIA SAHRANWI REFUGES CAMPS
Purpose: FACT FINDING TO DFE SAHRAWI REFUGES CAMPS
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,485.00
source

Traveler: Jeff Markey (from the office of Doc Hastings)
Destination: TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 12, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,202.66
source

Traveler: Grady Bourn (from the office of Jerry Lewis)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN ALGERS & TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 12, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,162.00
source

Traveler: J Spencer Freebairn (from the office of Jerry Lewis)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; ALGERIES, ALGERIA; TINDORF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 12, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,162.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Rorick (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination:
Purpose: VISIT REFUGEE CAMPS IN WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Nov 12, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,202.66
source

Traveler: Kurt Christensen (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: MADRID-ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING OF WESTERN SAHARA ISSUE
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,315.00
source

Traveler: Greg Mccarthy (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: MADRID, ALGIERS, TINDOUF, RON
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RELATIVE TO WESTERN SAHARAN REFUGEE PROBLEM
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,445.00
source

Traveler: John Neville (from the office of Joseph Pitts)
Destination: MADRID, ALGIERS, TINNOOF
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP RESEARCH REFUGEES
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,330.00
source

Traveler: Sherri Powell (from the office of Zell Miller)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE/TINDOUF REFUGEE CAMPS, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,556.00
source

Traveler: Aisha Pearson (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: PARIS FRANCE AND ALGIERS AND TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,456.00
source

Traveler: John Tustin (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE; ALGREIS, ALGERIA; WESTERN SAHARA REFUGE CAMPS, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SAHARA REFUGE CAMPS
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,682.00
source

Traveler: Damon Nelson (from the office of George Radanovich)
Destination: TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: VISIT SAHARAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Mar 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,086.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Blanton (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: UN REFUGEE CAMP IN WESTERN SAHARA/ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 28, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,137.00
source

Traveler: Richard Blackwood (from the office of Frank Lucas)
Destination: WESTERN SAHARA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Oct 13, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,393.00
source

Traveler: Francis Gibbs (from the office of Ander Crenshaw)
Destination: SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS (ALGERIA)
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION TO VIEW PROGRESS OF ONGOING UN MISSION FOR THE REFERENDUM IN WESTERN SAHARA.
Date: May 25, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,383.48
source

Traveler: Jana Weir (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: FOREIGN RELATIONS
Date: May 25, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,361.48
source

Traveler: Thomas Montgomery (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: VISIT SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS - CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: May 25, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,361.48
source

Traveler: Hannah Royal (from the office of Sam Brownback)
Destination: SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMP, WESTERN SAHARA (NEAR TINDOUF, ALGERIA)
Purpose: TO GAIN A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH MEETING WITH POLITICAL LEADERS AND VISITING THE SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,248.67
source

Traveler: Matt Winslow (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: SPAIN AND ALGERIA
Purpose: VISIT SABROMI REFUGEE CAMPS AND MEET WITH ALGERIAN OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,278.67
source

Traveler: Justin Hamilton (from the office of Chris Bell)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN-ALGIERS-TINDORF
Purpose: FACT-FIND MISSION TO SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,248.67
source

Traveler: Richard Mereu (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: MADRID-WESTERN SAHARA-ALGIERS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO INVESTIGATE HUMANITARIAN CONDITIONS IN SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS AND ISSUE OF THE MOROCCAN OCCUPATION OF WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,278.67
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Westbrook (from the office of Rosa Delauro)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.; MADRID, SPAIN; ALGIERS, ALGERIA; TINDOUFF, ALGERIA; SABRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS-SAHARA DESERT
Purpose: VISIT/FACT FINDING AT SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,638.67
source

Traveler: Autumn Fredericks (from the office of Todd Akin)
Destination: TINDOUF, ALGIERIA
Purpose: VISIT REFUGEE CAMP
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,749.81
source

Traveler: James Miller (from the office of J. Gresham Barrett)
Destination: TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION REGARDING WESTERN SAHARA REFUGEES
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN-ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING - TO VISIT THE REFUGEE CAMPS OF THE SAHUMI PEOPLE & SEE FIRST HAND THE SITUATION OF THE REFUGEES
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,684.81
source

Traveler: Amy Astin (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: ALGIERS & TINDOUF, ALGERIA (SAHARAWI REFUGEE CAMPS)
Purpose: VISIT SAHARAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,849.81
source

Traveler: Derek Karchner (from the office of Joseph Pitts)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN; ALGIERS, ALGERIA; TINDOOF, ALGERIA
Purpose: VISIT SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Traveler: Molly Miller (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: TRIP TO WESTERN SAHARA REFUGEE CAMPS (VIA MADRID/ALGIER TINDOUF
Purpose: VISIT SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,849.81
source

Traveler: Joseph Pitts (from the office of Joseph Pitts)
Destination: SPAIN-MADRID & ZARAGOZA
Purpose: ATTEND & SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS ON THE ISSUE OF WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Nov 26, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,360.10
source

Traveler: Dan Barron (from the office of James Inhofe)
Destination: SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,173.00
source

Traveler: Chris Socha (from the office of Jim Demint)
Destination: TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/INFORMATION GATHERING
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,203.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Cima (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: ALGERIA-(ALG)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Traveler: Helen Hardin (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: TINDOUF, ALGERIA (REFUGEE CAMPS)
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,311.00
source

Traveler: Katheryn Taylor (from the office of Edward Schrock)
Destination: WESTERN SAHARA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS/WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,193.00
source

Traveler: James Keena (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: PARIS-TINDOUF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT TO SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,218.00
source

Traveler: John Hildreth (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: TINDOUF (ALGERIA)
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THIS FACT-FINDING TRIP WAS TO VISIT THE SAHARWI REFUGEE CAMPS AND STUDY POSSIBLE RESOLUTIONS TO THEIR CONFLICT WITH MOROCCO
Date: May 29, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,361.49
source

Traveler: Jennifer Milek (from the office of Henry Cuellar)
Destination: MADRID-ALGIERS-TINDOUF
Purpose: VISIT SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS, PROMOTE DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABROAD
Date: May 29, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,361.49
source

Traveler: Cynthia Vukmer (from the office of James Inhofe)
Destination: MADRID, SPAIN & ALGIERS & TINDOOF, ALGERIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,380.00
source

Traveler: Lindsey Plumley (from the office of Christopher Smith)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-MADRID-ALGIERS-TINDOUF-ALGIERS-MADRID-BALTIMORE
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO THE SAHRAWI REFUGEE CAMPS
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,361.49
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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.