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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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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National Council for Community and Education Partnerships


Total cost of 14 trips: $23,327.15


Traveler: Daniel Barba (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: SANTA ANA, CA
Purpose: HISPANIC/LATINO EDUCATION POLICY FORUM
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,560.00
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Traveler: Emily Merchant (from the office of Jim Matheson)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO OXNARD, CA
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS ON EDUCATION-SCHOOL-SITE VISITS
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,063.75
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Traveler: Jonathan Poverud (from the office of Karen Thurman)
Destination: OXNARD, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,596.50
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Traveler: Leticia Mederos (from the office of Carrie Meek)
Destination: LAX/CAX
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,596.50
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Traveler: Tiffany Mulligan (from the office of Mark Souder)
Destination: OXNARD, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT; ATTENDED SEMINARS
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,127.25
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Traveler: Minnie Langham (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: EVALUATE THE FEDERAL ROLE IN ELIMINATING EDUCATIONAL BARRIERS AT CRITICAL TRANSITION POINTS.
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,546.50
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Traveler: Constance Olivia Harvey (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: EVALUATE THE FEDERAL ROLE IN ELIMINATING EDUCATIONAL BARRIERS AT CRITICAL TRANSITION POINTS
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,546.50
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Traveler: Joseph Richburg (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination:
Purpose: DISCUSSION ON ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,127.25
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Traveler: Larry Walker (from the office of Major Owens)
Destination:
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ROLE IN K-16 EDUCATION
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,596.50
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Traveler: James Kvaal (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: OXNARD, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON K-16 PARTNERSHIPS
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,596.50
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Traveler: Stephanie Christensen (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN OXNARD, CA AT EMBASSY SUITES
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE-FOCUSED ON UNDERSERVED AND MINORITY ED PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,596.50
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Traveler: Karen Bloom (from the office of Robert Borski)
Destination:
Purpose: DEVELOPING THE FEDERAL & STATE ROLE IN IMPROVING K-12 EDUCATION
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,665.00
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Traveler: Arthur Estopinan (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: SANTA ANNA, CA TO OXNARD, CA AND OXNARD, CA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: VISIT LOW-INCOME SCHOOLS IN OXNARD TO STUDY THEIR EDUCATION CURRICULUM
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,546.50
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Traveler: Arthur Estopinan (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: BROWNSVILLE, TX
Purpose: LEARN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO HELP LOW INCOME MINORITY STUDENTS SUCCEED IN K-12 SCHOOLS-HOW CONGRESS CAN SUPPORT PROGRAMS-SUCH AS ENLACE
Date: Sep 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,161.90
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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.