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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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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

AT&T Corporation


Total cost of 20 trips: $25,421.97


Traveler: Rudy Brioche (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: TRIP TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 29, 2000
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Andrew Givens (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: AT&T CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO TOUR AT&T LABS AND NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AND ASSOCIATED BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Sutherland (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; AND BEDMINSTER, N.J.
Purpose: AT&T CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO TOUR AT&T LABS AND NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AND ASSOCIATED BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Steven Wall (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN NJ, NEW YORK NY, BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP: VISIT AND TOUR AT&T LABS AND GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $520.00
source

Traveler: Bryan Jacobs (from the office of Barbara Cubin)
Destination: AT&T BELL LAB IN N.J. BOTH DAYS
Purpose: TOUR NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER/MEET CEO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Nathaniel Wienecke (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: AT&T OPERATIONS CENTER, IV
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SAN JOSE
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO SAN JOSE, CA; SAN JOSE, CA TO COLUMBIA, SC
Purpose: INFORM ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $11,231.00
source

Traveler: Kerry Ann Watkins (from the office of Peter King)
Destination:
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $262.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Larkin (from the office of Carolyn Mccarthy)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO WORLD TRADE CENTER DISASTER AREA
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $210.00
source

Traveler: Ven Neralla (from the office of Peter Defazio)
Destination: NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK AT&T RECOVERY TEAM OPERATIONS CENTER
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AT&TS DISASTER RECOVERY PAST SEPT-TH
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $277.00
source

Traveler: Chris Mccannell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: VISIT GROUND ZERO AND SEE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RE-BUILDING
Date: Oct 19, 2001
Expense: $277.00
source

Traveler: Charles Pickering (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Traveler: Michael Chappell (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Traveler: Rudy Brioche (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: VISIT AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Dana Lichtenberg (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BEDBBINSTER, NJ
Purpose: TOUR OF AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $706.24
source

Traveler: Michael Sozan (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK AND BEDMINSTER, NJ
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT AT&T FACILITIES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $630.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Kugler (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE COMPETITIVE TELECOM LANDSCAPE WITH AT&T EXECUTIVES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Michelle Dallafior (from the office of Ted Strickland)
Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NY/NJ
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT IMPACT OF RECENT FCC REGULATIONS
Date: Jun 29, 2004
Expense: $704.93
source

Traveler: Melissa Shannon (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK, NY AND BEDMINSTER, NJ
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO AT&T'S GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
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.