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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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

Washington Office on Latin America


Total cost of 31 trips: $55,948.87


Traveler: Rob Neal (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: ASSESSMENT OF FOOD & MEDICINE SANCTIONS
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Sean Carroll (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: ASSESS POLITICAL & ECON. SITUATION
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,262.42
source

Traveler: Ellyn Toscano (from the office of Jose Serrano)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Nadine Berg (from the office of Jose Serrano)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE U.S. EMBARGO ON THE PEOPLE OF CUBA
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,411.62
source

Traveler: Edward Augustus (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTES UNIVERSITIES AND CUBAN COUNTERPARTS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND SET UP EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CUBAN & MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Michael Mershon (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & ESTABLISHING ACADEMIC & CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CUBAN & MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Joe Moakley (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CREATING DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CUBA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Larose (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CREATING DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CUBA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Traveler: David Rapallo (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ENVIRONS, COLOMBIA, S.A.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,599.63
source

Traveler: Janice Schakowsky (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Traveler: Michael Meishon (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Edward Augustus (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Jonathan Stivers (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Cliff Etammerman (from the office of William Delahunt)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; EXAMINING EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Mar 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Eva Cargill (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Raffi Hamparian (from the office of Steven Rothman)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: EXAMINE EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: John Hess (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CUBAN OFFICIALS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,953.00
source

Traveler: Robert Blumenfield (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: FOUR DAYS IN CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,173.00
source

Traveler: Jana Denning (from the office of Dennis Moore)
Destination: FLIGHT FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, TO HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: TO VISIT AGENCIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN CUBA INVOLVED WITH THE AG. SECTOR
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,805.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,656.48
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,669.42
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,145.88
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,131.84
source

Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,991.00
source

Traveler: Jenny Blau (from the office of Hilda Solis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO EL PASO, TX
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $755.10
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.