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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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Trips sponsored by

Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development


Total cost of 45 trips: $197,200.00


Traveler: Stephanie Mercier (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: TO STUDY THE MOROCCAN ECONOMY IN PREPARATION FOR CONSIDERATION OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,500.00
source

Traveler: Derek Albro (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING THE U.S.-MOROCCO FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,955.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Campbell (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: THE COUNTRY OF MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO ACQUAIRT CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITH THE CURRENT POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC SITUATION ON MOROCCO
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,955.00
source

Traveler: Lynn Gallagher (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND OTHERS REGARDING A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MOROCCO
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $3,955.00
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Traveler: Mark Gaspers (from the office of Lincoln Diaz-Balart)
Destination: MOROCCO-RABAT; FES; CASABLANCA; MAMEKECH
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRADE STAFF TRIP
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $3,955.00
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Traveler: Jessica Battaglia (from the office of John Lewis)
Destination: NYC-CASABLANCA, RABAT, FES, AL JADIDA, MARRAKECH, CASABLANCA MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RE US-MOROCCO FTA NEGOTIATION
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,955.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Maier (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: RABAT, CASABLANCA, TANQIER, AL JADIDA AND MARRAKECH MOROCCO
Purpose: TO MEET WITH NGO OFFICIALS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE GROWTH MOROCCO AND HOW A PROPOSED FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTRY WILL HELP THE ECONOMY OF MOROCCO. ALSO, TO LEARN ABOUT RECENT COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS IN MOROCCO
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Traveler: Sara Andrews (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELATED TO U.S.-MOROCCO FTA
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
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Traveler: Jordan Paul (from the office of Lincoln Diaz-Balart)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO; TANSIER, MOROCCO; MARANESH, MOROCCO
Purpose: A WEEK OF MEETING CONCERNING U.S.-MOROCCO RELATIONS WITH ON EMPHASIS ON THE U.S.-MOROCCO FTA. A FACT FINDING TRIP.
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Traveler: Jacob Abel (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: DCA-LGA-JFK-MONACCO
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Traveler: Ali Amirhooshmand (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: U.S.-MOROCCO RELATIONS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE U.S.-MOROCCO FTA.
Date: May 22, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Traveler: Rachael Leman (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: CASABLANCA
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF AN FTA AND GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE US-MOROCCO BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Henning (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: RABAT, CASABLANCA, TANGIER & MARRAKESH, MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION ON THE MOROCCO FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Traveler: Paula Sheil (from the office of Elton Gallegly)
Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY-CASABLANCA-RABAT-FEZ-CASABLANCA-MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA-ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS OF POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REFORM IN MOROCCO. DISCUSSED U.S.-MOROCCAN BI-LATERAL RELATIONS, INCLUDING INTELLIGENCE, COUNTER-TERRORISM COOPERATION AND REGIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Aug 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,695.00
source

Traveler: Elton Gallegly (from the office of Elton Gallegly)
Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY-CASABLANCA-RABAT-FEZ-CASABLANCA-MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA-ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS OF POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL REFORM IN MOROCCO. DISCUSSED U.S.-MOROCCAN BI-LATERAL RELATIONS, INCLUDING INTELLIGENCE, COUNTER-TERRORISM COOPERATION AND REGIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Aug 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,695.00
source

Traveler: Jeannette Windon (from the office of Mark Kirk)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON U.S.-MOROCCAN RELATIONS, AND RECENT REFORMS IN THE REGION
Date: Feb 12, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
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Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source

Traveler: Angela Ramirez (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: REVIEW MOROCCAN CONCERNS WITH RESPECT TO TRADE, HEALTHCARE, WESTERN SAHARAN, AND OTHER ISSUES. THROUGH MEETINGS WITH NGOS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Costa (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO-CASABLANCA, MOROCCO-LAAXOUN, SAHARA/MOROCCO-MARAKECH MOROCCO
Purpose: US-MOROCCAN RELATIONS, MOROCCAN REFORM EFFORTS, US ASSISTANCE TO MOROCCO
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source

Traveler: Rodolfo Pina (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: USA TO RABAT, MOROCCO
Purpose: TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT MOROCCO IS MAKING IN ITS DEVELOPMENT, RELATIONS WITH THE US, AND FIGHTING OF TERRORISM
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source

Traveler: Erskine Wells (from the office of Roger Wicker)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO - CASABLANCA
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE US-MOROCCO RELATIONSHIP
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source

Traveler: Cindy Jimenez (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO, MARUKESH, CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE SOCIO, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT IN MOROCCO.
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Su (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: DULLES - PARIS - RIBAT, CASABLANCA, LAYOUNNE, MARRAKASH
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, U.S.-MOROCCO COOPERATION, POLITICAL REFORM, ECONOMICS DEVELOPMENT, WESTERN SAHARA/HUMAN RIGHTS
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
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Traveler: Justin Hamilton (from the office of Jeff Miller)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION HIGHLIGHTING THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO'S ASSISTANCE IN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, AS WELL AS DEVELOPING TRADE TIES
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,605.00
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Traveler: Charles Dujon (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC-CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Purpose: VISIT FOREIGN AID PROJECTS, VISIT WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,425.00
source

Traveler: Craig Albright (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,605.00
source

Traveler: Christine Rogala (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: CASABLANCA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $4,425.00
source

Traveler: Shelly Stoneman (from the office of Steven Rothman)
Destination: CASABLANCA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,605.00
source

Traveler: Nancy Fox (from the office of Rodney Frelinghuysen)
Destination: DC TO MOROCCO
Purpose: EXPLORE RANGE OF MOROCCAN ISSUES WITH A PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON U.S. MOROCCAN RELATIONSHIP, THE PROCESS OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO, AND THE WESTERN SAHARA
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source

Traveler: Laurent Crenshaw (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO
Purpose: TO EXPLORE AND DISCUSS THE U.S. MOROCCAN RELATIONSHIP WITH AN EMPHASIS ON POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORMS TAKING PLACE IN MOROCCO, AND THE WESTERN SAHARA CONFLICT
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
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Traveler: Constance Warhol (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL-NEW YORK LA GUARDIA, KENNEDY-PARIS (CHARLES DE GUALLE), PARIS-CASABLANCA, CASABLANCA-MARRAKECH, MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA, CASABLANCA-PARIS, PARIS-WASHINGTON DULLES
Purpose: TO EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S./MOROCCO RELATIONS, AND U.S. INVESTMENT IN MOROCCO, EXAMINE THE PROCESSES OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO, AND ISSUES SURROUNDING THE DISPUTE OVER THE WESTERN SAHARA REGION, AS WELL AS MOROCCO/ALGERIAN RE
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source

Traveler: Barvetta Singletary (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CASABLANCA, RABAT-MARRAKESH-CASABLANCA
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND PROMOTE MUTUAL CONSIDERATION BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MOROCCO
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source

Traveler: B Walter Gonzales (from the office of C.A. Ruppersberger)
Destination: CASABLANCA-RABAT-MARRAKECH
Purpose: A SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL UNDERSTANDING OF MOROCCO AND THEIR HUMAN RIGHT REFORMS AND RELEASE OF 408 POW'S
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source

Traveler: James Conzelman (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: ROBAT, MOROCCO-CASABLANCA-MARVAKECH
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Meyer (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO-CASABLANCA, MOROCCO-MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Purpose: TO UNDERSTANDING MOROCCAN ISSUES, PARTICULARLY THE U.S./MOROCCAN RELATIONSHIP, POLITICAL/SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORMS IN MOROCCO, AND THE WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source

Traveler: Helen Hardin (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: CASABLANCA
Purpose: EDUCATION-MOROCCO-WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL REFORMS, TERRORISM/NATIONAL SECURITY, MOROCCO-US RELATIONS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Kenneth Kraft (from the office of David Hobson)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO-MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA
Purpose: EXPLORE MOROCCAN ISSUES-ESPECIALLY RELATIONSHIP WITH U.S., FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO, WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: MAROCCO (RABAT, CASABLANCA, MANNAHECH)
Purpose: MEET W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS US-MOROCCO FTA, WESTERN SAHARA, HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES, AND ECON DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Stewart (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO DISCUSS US-MOROCCAN RELATIONS, TRADE, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL REFORM IN MOROCCO, AND THE WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Thompson (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: EXPLORE AND LEARN ABOUT THE US-MOROCCO RELATIONSHIP THE PROCESS OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO AND THE DISPUTE OVER WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Aysha House-Moshi (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: FRANCE TO RABAT, MOROCCO TO CASA BLANCA TO MARRAKECH
Purpose: TO REVIEW SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CHANGES IN MOROCCO, AND THE ONGOING DISPUTED WESTERN SAHARA TERRITORY
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Jodi Detwiler (from the office of Randy Neugebauer)
Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO-CASABLANCA-MARRAKECH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-US/MOROCCAN RELATIONSHIP, THE PROCESS OF REFORM IN MOROCCO AND THE DISPUTE OVER THE WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: James Clarke (from the office of Diane Watson)
Destination: MOROCCO (RABAT, CASABLANCA; MARRAKECH)
Purpose: EDUCATION AND ORIENTATION TO A WIDE RANGE OF MOROCCAN ISSUES INCLUDING US-MOROCCAN RELATIONSHIP, DEMOCRATIC REFORMS & THE DISPUTE AREA WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source

Traveler: Noelle Lusane (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: EXPLORE A RANGE OF ISSUES RE: U.S.-MOROCCO POLICY, PARTICULARLY THE WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE & TRADE AS WELL AS REGIONAL ISSUES
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,825.00
source

Traveler: George Dalley (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: CASABLANCA-RABAT-MARRAKECH
Purpose: EDUCATION CONCERNING US/MOROCCAN RELATIONSHIP
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
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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.