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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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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

Transatlantic Policy Network


Total cost of 34 trips: $181,173.13


Traveler: Rick Boucher (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination: TUCSON
Purpose: SPEECH AND PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON CURRENT INTERNET POLICY ISSUES IN CONGRESS.
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,660.00
source

Traveler: Everett Eissenstat (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: TANQUE VERDE RANCH-TUCSON, ARIZONA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRANSATLANTIC POLICY NETWORK MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.50
source

Traveler: Hillel Weinberg (from the office of Benjamin Gilman)
Destination: TUCZON, AZ
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETING OF THE TRANSATLANTIC POLICY NETWORK
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Sawyer (from the office of Thomas Sawyer)
Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Traveler: Rick Boucher (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination: VENICE
Purpose: SPEECH TO PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON CREATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL INTERNET ISSUES AGENDA
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Traveler: Calvin Dooley (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: MALAGA, SPAIN
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING MEETING (PARTICIPATED IN SESSIONS)
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,164.00
source

Traveler: James Moran (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: SPAIN
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING MTNG: TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY, INTERNET ISSUES & US/EU PARTNERSHIP IN CURRENT ADMIN.
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,299.00
source

Traveler: George Nethercutt (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES THROUGH MADRID TO MALAGA, SPAIN
Purpose: INTERPARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,096.00
source

Traveler: Jerry Weller (from the office of Jerry Weller)
Destination: SPAIN
Purpose: SPEECH & PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,298.80
source

Traveler: Thomas Sawyer (from the office of Thomas Sawyer)
Destination: SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Purpose: TPN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,262.60
source

Traveler: Robert Bennett (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: TUSCON, ARIZONA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A TRANSATLANTIC POLICY NETWORK CONFERENCE
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $553.50
source

Traveler: Calvin Dooley (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING (PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS)
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $612.50
source

Traveler: E. Clay Shaw (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: MALAGA, SPAIN
Purpose: DISCUSS TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS AND PROMOTE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNER THROUGH MEMBER (OF CONGRESS) TO MEMBER (OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT) DIALOGUE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: DC-SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,186.90
source

Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: SPAIN
Purpose: MID-YEAR MEETING
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,954.18
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: DC - SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN - SEVILLE, SPAIN
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC POLICY NETWORK SPRING MEETING - PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $5,769.29
source

Traveler: Robert Bennett (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: SPAIN
Purpose: TPN SPRING MEETING
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,944.18
source

Traveler: Sean Mulvaney (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: CADIZ, SPAIN
Purpose: US EUROPEAN RELATIONS
Date: Apr 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,944.00
source

Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: LONDON - SCOTLAND - DULLES; WASHINGTON
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE; INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,436.00
source

Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE/INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,595.00
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE/INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,595.00
source

Traveler: Robert Bennett (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: LONDON/PARIS/BRUSSELS
Purpose: SENATOR BENNETT IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS ORGANIZATION, SO HE ATTENDED, PARTICIPATED, AND SPOKE AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER IN A SERIES OF EVENTS
Date: Nov 28, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,276.26
source

Traveler: Jay Inslee (from the office of Jay Inslee)
Destination: PARIS-BRUSSELS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON TRADE RELATIONS WITH E.U.
Date: Nov 28, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $11,836.42
source

Traveler: Dennis Cardoza (from the office of Dennis Cardoza)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-PARIS-BRUSSELS-PARIS-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: TO ASSESS PROGRESS MADE ON THE 10-POINT, 10-YEAR ACTION PLAN IN THE TPN'S "STRATEGY TO STRENGTHEN TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP" AND TO SET TPN'S WORK PRIORITIES
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $13,265.13
source

Traveler: F. James Sensenbrenner (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE (DEGAULLE) TO BRUSSELS
Purpose: TPN MEETINGS INVOLVE DIRECT DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON TOPICS INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, WTO, ELECTIONS, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, SECURITY ISSUES AND ECONOMICS
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $16,509.52
source

Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: MUNICH, GERMANY TO BRUSSELS TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: REMARKS/PANEL WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT A TPN MEETING/CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,597.77
source

Traveler: Ron Kind (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE EU PARLIAMENT
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND ECONOMIC SUMMIT WITH EU LEADERS
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $16,396.97
source

Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BRUSSELS
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE/INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $11,769.17
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: PARIS-BRUSSELS-PARIS-WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: TPN CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO PARIS & TPN AUTUMN MEETING IN BRUSSELS-STRATEGY TO STRENGTHEN THE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP & GUEST SPEAKER AT CIR-EPC (CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS) SEMINAR "THE USE OF FORCE-EUROPEAN & AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES"
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,369.17
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE WITH EUROPEAN LEGISLATORS
Date: May 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,088.37
source

Traveler: Robert Bennett (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Purpose: SENATOR BENNETT IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS ORGANIZATION, SO HE ATTENDED, PARTICIPATED, AND SPOKE AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,660.00
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: IAD-SLC-DCA
Purpose: SPOKE AT TPN'S SPRING MEETING-DISCUSSION ON STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
Date: May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,864.38
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA-SALT LAKE CITY, UT-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: TPN SPRING MEETING-TASK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SESSION CONGRESSMAN ENGLISH IS A CO-CHAIR OF THE COMPLETEING THE TRANSATLANTIC MARKET
Date: May 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,567.09
source

Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: EDINBURG SCOTLAND
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC MEETING/INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,500.43
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.