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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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  • 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.

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

Amgen Inc


Total cost of 9 trips: $18,767.67


Traveler: Sarah Walter (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Purpose: TOUR AMGEN FACILITIES
Date: Oct 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,020.00
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Traveler: Kim Zimmerman (from the office of Ben Nelson)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: TO MEET WITH AMGEN OFFICIALS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR PHARMACEUTICALS
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,009.41
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Traveler: Pat Bousliman (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: VISIT TO AMGEN'S SEATTLE FACILITY. TRIP WILL INCLUDE DISCUSSION OF MEDICARE PAYMENT FOR RENAL DIALYSIS AS WELL AS ISSUES SURROUNDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY IN THE STATE OF MONTANA
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,525.00
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Traveler: Brian Nagle (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL POLICIES ON THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND DIALYSIS TREATMENT CENTERS
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,990.26
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Traveler: Kaitlin Mccolgan (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: SEATTLE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,992.91
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Traveler: Karlin Mcneill (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL TRIP TO AMGEN HELIX FRESLIH SOCIATY WA
Purpose: TOUR OF AMGEN FACILITY AND DIALYSIS CLINIC
Date: Aug 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,915.62
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Traveler: Matt Sulkala (from the office of F. Allen Boyd)
Destination: NEW YORK-SEATTLE-DCA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,395.18
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Traveler: Nicholas Shipley (from the office of Jay Inslee)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SEATTLE, WA (ROUND TRIP)
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING HEALTH CARE, COSTS, AND DIABETES TREATMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,133.13
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Traveler: Jaime Herrera (from the office of Cathy Mcmorris)
Destination: DCA REAGAN NATIONAL TO SEATTLE, WA SEATTLE TO SPOKANE (WA)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP TO AMGEN HELIX FACILITY AND TO NORTH WEST KIDNEY CENTER TO LEARN ABOUT THE ROLE AMGEN IN PLAYING IN PRODUCING BIOTECH MEDICATION FOR THINGS LIKE KIDNEY FAILURE
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,786.16
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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.