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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

  • 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 | 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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Biotechnology Industry Organization


Total cost of 41 trips: $45,705.65


Traveler: Alan Eisenberg (from the office of Jim Greenwood)
Destination: SAN DIEGO; SAN JOSE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL (SPEAKER) AT ANNUAL CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $831.50
source

Traveler: Brenda Pillors (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination: RTP, NO. CAROLINA
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL BIOTECH. BRIEFING
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $447.00
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Traveler: Elizabeth Fay (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: MEETINGS & TOURS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,280.50
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Traveler: Stephen Higginbothom (from the office of Zell Miller)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: BIOTECHNOLOGY FACILITIES TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $995.00
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Traveler: Lisa Kelley (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,360.00
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Traveler: Ryan Weston (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECHNOLOGY BUSINESSES & RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,331.50
source

Traveler: Anne Hazlett (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: SAN DIEGO
Purpose: LOOK * BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTERS
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $970.50
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Traveler: Patrick Carroll (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination: SAN DIEGO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $995.00
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Traveler: Marla Sousa (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $995.50
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Traveler: Charles Tracy (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECH FACILITIES, INFORMATION COLLECTING
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,843.50
source

Traveler: Sampak Garg (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: SFO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON BIOTECH INDUSTRY: PATENT LAWS, STEM CELL RESEARCH, ETC.
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,683.00
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Traveler: Kathryn Barr (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: INFORMATIVE DISCUSSION OF BIOTECH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,738.00
source

Traveler: Richard Shordt (from the office of Marcy Kaptur)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: VISIT AND MEET WITH BIO-TECH FIRMS AND ADMINISTRATORS
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,438.00
source

Traveler: Kimberly Parker (from the office of Bobby Rush)
Destination: BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO TOUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,763.00
source

Traveler: Larissa Ortiz (from the office of Anibal Acevedo-Vila)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PR (LUIS MUNOZ MARIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)
Purpose: IT WAS AN EDUCATIONAL TRIP FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS TO TOUR AGRICULTURE BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AND LEARN ABOUT THE INDUSTRY AND THE DIFFERENT COMPANIES IN PUERTO RICO.
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,275.90
source

Traveler: Patrick Carroll (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination: PONCE, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.90
source

Traveler: Janet Nuzum (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO PUERTO RICO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.90
source

Traveler: Charles Tracy (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO AIRPORT/PONCE PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECH COMPANIES
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.90
source

Traveler: Earnest Goule (from the office of Collin Peterson)
Destination: DCA TO PUERTO RICO-PONCE, PUERTO RICO TO FT. LAUDERDALE
Purpose: TO VISIT WINTER NURSERIES OF AG CHEM COMPANIES WHERE THEY DEVELOP PEST & DESIASE PESISTANT VARATIES AS WELL AS THE TROPICAL USDA RESEARCH CENTER
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,220.90
source

Traveler: Kathryn Barr (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: INFORMATIVE DISCUSSIONS OF BIOTECH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; TOURING BIO COMPANIES
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
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Traveler: Joanna Foust (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: NEW YORK PENN STATION
Purpose: ATTEND BIOTECHNOLOGY INVESTOR CONFERENCE AND TOUR BIOTECH FACILITIES
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $780.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Cima (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Winkler (from the office of Nita Lowey)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TOUR BIOTECH FACILITIES IN THE CONGRESSWOMAN'S DISTRICT
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $780.00
source

Traveler: John Joyce (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: EDUCATION: TO GAIN BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Traveler: Lloyd Ritter (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE BIOECONOMY
Date: Apr 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $779.70
source

Traveler: Aaron Cohen (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.75
source

Traveler: Jennifer Swenson (from the office of Pat Roberts)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TO VISIT BIOTECH AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND RESEARCH FACILITIES AND TO MEET WITH BIOTECH RESEARCHERS AND EXECUTIVES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Traveler: Macey Small (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY. MEET WITH LEADING BIOTECH RESEARCHERS, EXECUTIVES, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Traveler: Nicholas Karellas (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON CURRENT ISSUES AFFECTING THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY. MEET WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AND TOUR FACILITIES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Traveler: Matt Genasci (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: EDUCATION ON BIOTECH INDUSTRY ISSUES, DISCUSSIONS OF TAX ISSUES RELATED TO PUERTO RICO
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,260.00
source

Traveler: Vince Ventimiglia (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: ASSESS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, MANUFACTURING, AND TAX POLICY
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.75
source

Traveler: Jennifer Vesey (from the office of Rick Santorum)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: EDUCATION REGARDING BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,395.00
source

Traveler: Melissa Bartlett (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: TRAVELED TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TO VISIT BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.55
source

Traveler: Kimberly Parker (from the office of Bobby Rush)
Destination: BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TO INSPECT PHARMACEUTICAL PROCESSING PLANTS
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,373.75
source

Traveler: Maureen Zilly (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Purpose: BIOTECHNOLOGY (HEALTHCARE RELATED) FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.75
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: WASH, DC-PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO INT'L CONVENTION, DISCUSS WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES BIO ISSUES & DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.86
source

Traveler: Yelberton Watkins (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, DISCUSS ISSUES WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES AND DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY OF SC
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.86
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Traveler: William O'brien (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: TOUR CONVENTIONAL HALL, LUNCH, SESSIONS
Purpose: DISCUSS BIOTECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $273.26
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Traveler: Matt Schertz (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON BIOTECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $268.26
source

Traveler: Christine Birdsong (from the office of Collin Peterson)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: ANNUAL CONVENTION/BRIEFING
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.40
source

Traveler: Katherine Winkler (from the office of Allyson Schwartz)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $273.26
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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.