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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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  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

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American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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

US-Malaysia Exchange Association


Total cost of 11 trips: $67,939.00


Traveler: Susan Mccue (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: MALAYSIA, HONGKONG
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER, DEFENSE & TOURARISM OFFICIALS, ECONOMISTS AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (11 days)
Expense: $6,976.66
source

Traveler: Brian Gaston (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEET WITH MALAYSIAN AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE TO DISCUSS ISSUES PERTAINING TO TERRORISM, TRADE, HIGH-TECH, AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,557.13
source

Traveler: Marc Mealy (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: TOKYO JAPAN-LUMPUR MALAYSIA-PENAG MALAYSIA-HONG KONG
Purpose: TO MEET US AND MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,487.81
source

Traveler: Darren Willcox (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: HONGKONG, KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $6,550.00
source

Traveler: Margaret Peterlin (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT MALAYSIA'S PARTICIPATION IN WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,557.13
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,266.77
source

Traveler: Alicia O'donnell (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,684.92
source

Traveler: Mark Matzen (from the office of Rush Holt)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR/LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH MALAYSIAN & US BUSINESS OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,323.92
source

Traveler: Thomas Kahn (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: KOREA-MALAYSIA-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,345.00
source

Traveler: Earl Pomeroy (from the office of Earl Pomeroy)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC-KOREA-MALAYSIA-BISMARCK, ND
Purpose: THIS TRIP WAS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MALAYSIA AS LONG-TIME ALLIES AND KEY TRADING PARTNERS. THE COMPLETE LIST OF MEETINGS HELD IS ATTACHED
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,786.92
source

Traveler: John Doolittle (from the office of John Doolittle)
Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-LANGKAWI-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $15,402.74
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American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.