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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.

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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American Gas Association


Total cost of 33 trips: $37,247.38


Traveler: Cathy Vanway (from the office of Thomas Bliley)
Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
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Traveler: Suzanne Te Beau (from the office of Bud Shuster)
Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AGA'S PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM 2000
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
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Traveler: James Beirne (from the office of Frank Murkowski)
Destination: TUCSON, TEXAS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE IN LEGISLATION ON ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY AFFECTING USE OF NATURAL GAS
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,440.84
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Traveler: Michele Nellenbach (from the office of Nancy Johnson)
Destination: LEAVE UNION STATION VIA AMTRAK TO NYC
Purpose: DISCUSSION ON NATURAL GAS & VISIT FUEL EFFICIENCY FACILITIES
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $558.00
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Traveler: Dan Beattie (from the office of John Dingell)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS OF ENERGY FINANCIAL ISSUES
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $625.00
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Traveler: Joe Mckelvey (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: FACT FINDING-UNDERSTANDING NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY & COMMODITIES EXCHANGE
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
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Traveler: Michael Henry (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $640.00
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Traveler: Karen Campbell (from the office of Brad Carson)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: PIPELINE SAFETY INFORMATION
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $853.50
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Traveler: Debra Gebhardt (from the office of Thomas Petri)
Destination: PHOENIX (TEMPE & MESA), ARIZONA
Purpose: TOUR PIPELINE FACILITIES, DEMONSTRATIONS, BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $804.38
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Traveler: Suzanne Te Beau (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: TEMPE, AZ
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE FORUM
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $769.00
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Traveler: David Heymsfeld (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURAL GAS UTILITIES & TRANSMISSION COMPANIES PIPELINE SAFETY OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
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Traveler: Ashley Musselman (from the office of William Lipinski)
Destination: TEMPE AND MESA, ARIZONA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL GAS ACTIVITIES AND PIPELINE SAFETY OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $853.50
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Traveler: Jeffrey Sural (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: ARIZONA
Purpose: PIPELINE SAFETY SEMINAR
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $818.50
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Traveler: Amy Wolfrum (from the office of Robert Borski)
Destination: CITY OF MESA - DC
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL GAS AND PIPELINE SAFETY
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,028.26
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Traveler: Michael Collins (from the office of Michael Collins)
Destination:
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO CEO'S & V.P.'S RE: W & M. ISSUES, ENERGY TAX ETC
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,897.00
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Traveler: Lori Rowley (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING FORUM MARCO ISLAND, FL
Purpose: SPEAKER AT "LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 107TH CONGRESS" SESSION
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $907.50
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Traveler: Larry Craig (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: ORLANDO FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE AGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEETING
Date: May 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,779.98
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Traveler: Michael Collins (from the office of Michael Collins)
Destination:
Purpose:
Date: Oct 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,275.34
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Traveler: Charles Barnett (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION'S 2002 PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,330.00
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Traveler: Kelly Bingel (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ON CONGRESSIONAL PANEL REGARDING SENATE ENERGY BILL
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,550.00
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Traveler: Bill Cooper (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,176.35
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Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Purpose: SPEAK TO AGA PUBLIC AFFAIRS & MARKETING FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $848.72
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Traveler: Daniel Val Kish (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: TO SPEAK & BE A PANELIST AT AGA CONVENTION
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,544.50
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Traveler: Steve Pearce (from the office of Steve Pearce)
Destination: SPRINGDALE ARKANSAS-AUSTIN, TX-HOBBS, NM
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH TO PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING FORUM
Date: Apr 24, 2003
Expense: $624.34
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Traveler: Kristen Sarri (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $788.33
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Traveler: Randy Cunningham (from the office of Randy Cunningham)
Destination: SIOUX FALLS, SD
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Sep 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,030.50
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Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: SANTA FE, NM
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANELIST
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,123.19
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Traveler: Bill Cooper (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination:
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON ENERGY PANELS
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,599.88
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Traveler: Kristen Sarri (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $565.90
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Traveler: Kristen Sarri (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Purpose: SPEECH ON THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $571.38
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Traveler: J Jonathan Jones (from the office of Thomas Carper)
Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Purpose: GAVE A SPEECH AS A GUEST LECTURER
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $843.71
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Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM AND PANELIST
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $934.14
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Traveler: Brian Kennedy (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AS PART OF AGA'S CAPITOL ROUNDTABLE DURING THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $872.64
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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.