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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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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

Singapore International Foundation


Total cost of 17 trips: $103,109.85


Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of Michael Collins)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON SINGAPORE TRADE, ECONOMY US POLICY AND SOCIETY
Date: Aug 15, 1999 (7 days)
Expense: $6,184.16
source

Traveler: Amy Healy (from the office of Pat Danner)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,229.00
source

Traveler: Faith Blackburne (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $10,117.18
source

Traveler: Jordan Bernstein (from the office of Jo Ann Emerson)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: STUDY THE POLITICAL, SECURITY, AND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SINGAPORE
Date: Aug 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,315.00
source

Traveler: Sean Mulvaney (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: U.S. - SINGAPORE RELATIONS/FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,935.36
source

Traveler: Rick Boucher (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE ON THE U.S. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY AGENDA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,900.00
source

Traveler: Marc Mealy (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: DULLES-TOKYO-SINGAPORE-NEWARK, NJ-REAGAN NAT. AIRPORT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (17 days)
Expense: $6,984.70
source

Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TRADE TRIP-INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES/POLICY
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,762.29
source

Traveler: Stephanie Lester (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $6,790.96
source

Traveler: Edward Burrier (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination: U.S.A TO SINGAPORE
Purpose: MEET WITH U.S. OFFICIALS IN SINGAPORE, AMBASSADOR, ETC MEET WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS IN SINGAPORE SUIT ON FTA
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $3,777.10
source

Traveler: George Shevlin (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: SINGAPORE, BANGKOK
Purpose: FACTFACTING/EDUCATION - SINGAPORE-US FTA, MILITARY RELATIONS
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (14 days)
Expense: $6,276.86
source

Traveler: Paul Poteet (from the office of Wally Herger)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $6,790.96
source

Traveler: Rohit Kumar (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO MEET WITH U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS, SINGAPORE MINISTERS, AND OTHER OFFICIALS IN ORDER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT U.S. TRADE WITH SINGAPORE AND TO LEARN ABOUT SINGAPORE'S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS
Date: Aug 10, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,754.00
source

Traveler: Amy Angelier (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: DISCUSS WITH DECISION MAKERS THE CURRENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CLIMATE IN SINGAPORE
Date: Aug 10, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $7,470.00
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: MEET WITH BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND CULTURAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE
Date: Aug 27, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,940.76
source

Traveler: Ed Mcdonald (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF BRIEFINGS AND MEETINGS WITH OFFICIALS IN SINGAPORE TO DISCUSS RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SINGAPORE
Date: Aug 27, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,940.76
source

Traveler: Julie Nickson (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,940.76
source



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.