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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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  • 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

Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia


Total cost of 32 trips: $218,219.04


Traveler: Amina Akbar (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: MEETINGS W/U.S. AND MALAYSIANS GOVT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS.
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Malik Chaka (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING; MET PRIME MINISTER, MIN. OF DEFENSE, FOREIGN MIN. ETC.
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS, MEETINGS W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: KL, MALAYSIA
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS; MEETINGS WITH US & MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,749.31
source

Traveler: Souheila Al-Jadda (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS, MTGS W/ US & MALAYSIAN GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Nisha Desai (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO STUDY U.S.-MALAYSIA ECONOMIC/POLITICAL RELATIONS; MEET W/ US AND MALAYSIA GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Chris Tuttle (from the office of Mark Green)
Destination: LANGKAWI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, MEETING WITH HEAD OF STATE, FOREIGN MINISTER
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $10,120.00
source

Traveler: Dana Mott (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: KUL, LGK, LANKAWI
Purpose: INTRODUCTION TO MALAYSIAN POLICY, CULTURE, ETC.
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
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Traveler: Suzanne Farmer (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $10,120.00
source

Traveler: Kathleen Lydon (from the office of Judy Biggert)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Matt Pierce (from the office of Baron Hill)
Destination: VARIOUS DESTINATIONS IN MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $11,020.00
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: D.C. TO KUALA LUMPOUR, MALAYSIA - LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC LEADERS
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: WASH-KUALA LUMPUR-LANGKAWI-KUALA LUMPUR-WASH
Purpose:
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: WASH., DC-LONDON-KUALA LUMPAR, MALAYSIA/LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EDUCATIONAL, BUSINESS AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH VARIOUS BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN MALAYSIA
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: P Rehbein (from the office of Ed Bryant)
Destination: KUALA-LUMPUR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: LONDON, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT - FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,558.84
source

Traveler: Linda Bond (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TRAVEL IN CONNECTION WITH OFFICIAL DUTIES OF SENATE MEMBER
Date: Dec 31, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $623.00
source

Traveler: Lionel Collins (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Laverne Alexander (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Greg Mesack (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MALAYSIAN GROUPS, SO AS TO LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF MALAYSIA AND ITS CURRENT INTERNATIONAL POLICY ISSUES, SUCH AS TRADE, FOREIGH AFFAIRS, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Julie Little (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: KUALA LUMPOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Christopher Mitchell (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: THE TRIP ALLOWED CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO MEET WITH HIGH RANKING MALAYSIAN OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL ISSUES, INCLUDING TRADE, SECURITY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES. THIS FACT FINDING TRIP ALSO ALLOWED ATTENDEES TO WITNESS FIRST HAND MALAYSIA'
Date: Apr 9, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $7,248.30
source

Traveler: Ali Amirhooshmand (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-MALAYSIA-NEW YORK
Purpose: MEET WITH MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS TRADE AND COMMERCE ISSUES. MEETINGS WITH AMERICAN EMBASSY AND AMERICAN BUSINESS INTERESTS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,448.00
source

Traveler: Chris Otillio (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT MALAYSIA'S POLITICAL, GOVERNMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $6,728.02
source

Traveler: Babak Zafarnia (from the office of Nicholas Lampson)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION TRIP TO MALAYSIA TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,448.00
source

Traveler: Greg Mccarthy (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN KEEPING WITH MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITIES ON HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $6,676.00
source

Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $6,617.00
source

Traveler: Amy Muhlberg (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,728.00
source

Traveler: Joanna Foust (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF U.S.-MALAYSIA TRADE, MALAYSIA'S GROWING IMPORTANCE IN SE ASIA AND HELPING THE UNITED STATES FIGHT TERRORISM BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,726.00
source

Traveler: Richard Blackwood (from the office of Frank Lucas)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,675.00
source

Traveler: Mac Arthur Zimmerman (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO KUALA LUMPUR & LANGKAWI, MALASIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, MTGS W POLICE, FOR MINISTRY, OTHER OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,725.00
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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.