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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.

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

Organization for Tropical Studies


Total cost of 26 trips: $46,107.75


Traveler: Kenneth Flanz (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: STUDY ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
source

Traveler: Deb Fiddelke (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE TROPICS
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
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Traveler: Andrea Tebbe (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Johnson (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Purpose: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
source

Traveler: Susan Mers (from the office of David Price)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL (U.S. DECISION MAKERS COURSE)
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
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Traveler: David Watkins (from the office of James Hansen)
Destination:
Purpose: TROPICAL STUDIES
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,873.91
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,362.22
source

Traveler: Jennifer Barrett (from the office of Mark Udall)
Destination:
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN OTS U.S. DECISIONMAKERS COURSE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,360.00
source

Traveler: Abbie Meador (from the office of John Olver)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC - COSTA RICA
Purpose: COURSE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,362.20
source

Traveler: Bill Wicker (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN OTS'S 2003 U.S. DECISION-MAKERS COURSE. PROGRAM DIRECTLY ADDRESSES THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES-IN THE TROPICS, EXEMPLIFIED BY PROJECTS AND SITES IN C.R.
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,150.00
source

Traveler: Nicole Kroetsch (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE TROPICS AND EXAMINE PROJECTS & SITES IN COSTA RICA
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,020.00
source

Traveler: Amy Fraenkel (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: U.S. DECISION MAKERS COURSE ON CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT ISSUES FOR HILL STAFF AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,795.00
source

Traveler: Lloyd Ritter (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, INCLUDING TROPICAL FORESTRY, CONSERVATION AND URBAN SEQUESTRATION
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,360.00
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Traveler: Paul Brotherton (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: COSTA RICA LECTURES-FIELD TRIPS IN PARKS AND RESEARCH STATIONS.
Purpose: FACT FINDING IN COSTA RICA. ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,895.00
source

Traveler: Jason Grove (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Purpose: STUDYING BIODIVERSITY PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES
Date: Mar 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,095.00
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Traveler: Alison Fox (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL COURSE ON FORESTRY AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
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Traveler: Michael Zehr (from the office of Mitch Mcconnell)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: POLICY MAKER'S COURSE ON CONSERVATION AND BIODIVERSITY
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Christy Plumer (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: ORGANIZATION FOR TROPICAL STUDIES-DECISION MAKING CAUSE FOR US POLICY MAKERS
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
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Traveler: Michael Goo (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: ATTEND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY PROGRAM
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
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Traveler: Tina Kaarsberg (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose:
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Jessica Lenard (from the office of Frank Pallone)
Destination: SAN JUAN, COSTA RICA
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL DECISION MAKERS COURSE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES-STUDIES INCLUDED ECOSYSTEM BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES EMPLOYED GLOBALLY, AND CURRENT INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS (INCLUDING TRADE AND CONSERVAT
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,044.00
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Traveler: Loretta Beaumont (from the office of C.W. Young)
Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO ATTEND A DECISIONMAKERS COURSE ON TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS FOR GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Brian Bonlender (from the office of Jay Inslee)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOR TROPICAL FORESTS AND IMPACTS OF AMERICAN POLICIES EFFECTING TROPICAL COUNTRIES AND THEIR POLICIES EFFECTING THE UNITED STATES
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,047.00
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Traveler: Helen Hardin (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: SAN JOSE
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: May 28, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $2,288.35
source

Traveler: Geoffrey Brown (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: EXAMINE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN THE TROPICS. ATTENDING US DECISION MAKERS COURSE
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $830.29
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Traveler: Janine Benner (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: U.S. DECISION-MAKERS COURSE ON ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL FACTORS SHAPING RESOURCE USE AND CONSERVATION IN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,295.78
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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.