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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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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Trips sponsored by

Business Roundtable


Total cost of 23 trips: $58,864.53


Traveler: John Cornyn (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: ATTENDED THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE'S CONGRESS AND THE ECONOMY PROGRAM
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,911.88
source

Traveler: Lindsey Graham (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $736.94
source

Traveler: Steve Pearce (from the office of Steve Pearce)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: MEMBERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS DISCUSSING BUSINESS ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,585.88
source

Traveler: Steve King (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: MEETING BETWEEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY LEADERS ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY RELATING TO BUSINESS AND THE ECONOMY
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,585.88
source

Traveler: Candice Miller (from the office of Candice Miller)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO NEW YORK CITY TO DETROIT, MI
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE'S CONGRESS AND THE ECONOMY PROGRAM
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,219.09
source

Traveler: Chris Chocola (from the office of Chris Chocola)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY - SOUTH BEND, IN
Purpose: DIALOGUE BETWEEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON THE ECONOMY
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,000.38
source

Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND THE DOHA ROUND OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,410.00
source

Traveler: Regina Mahony (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: MEETING WITH US, EU AND OTHER TRADE AMBASSADORS AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,597.00
source

Traveler: Michael Castellano (from the office of Sander Levin)
Destination: ZURICH-GENEVA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WTO MEETINGS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Traveler: Randall Suderquist (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Traveler: Angela Ellard (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: CORAL GABLES, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,170.40
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAK ON A CHIEF TRADE COUNSEL'S PANEL SPONSORED BY THE BRT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $775.00
source

Traveler: Tim Reif (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON WTO TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.08
source

Traveler: Randall Soderquist (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: EL SALVADOR AND GUATEMALA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING CONCERNING CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CAFTA)
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Brian Gaston (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Purpose: ATTENDED MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH SALVADORAN AND GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE REGARDING THE CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,575.00
source

Traveler: David Malech (from the office of Kevin Brady)
Destination: EL SALVADOR - GUATEMALA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Matt Price (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN REGARDS TO THE CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Shore (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA-ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENT LEADERS, US EMPOSSING, LOCAL BUSINESS TO DISCUSS THE CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Traveler: Angela Ellard (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: SAN SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY
Purpose: PREPARATION & FACT GATHERING FOR CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION OF CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,165.00
source

Traveler: Kim Monk (from the office of Judd Gregg)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH CARE STRATEGY SESSION ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE BRT HEALTH & RETIREMENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 7, 2005
Expense: $340.00
source

Traveler: Emily Porter (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE EDUCATION TASK FORCE MEETING OF BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Jul 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $447.26
source

Traveler: Alice Cain (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: BROOMFIELD, CO
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON A PANEL ABOUT REP. MILLER'S TEACH ACT & OTHER ISSUES BEFORE THE ED & WORKFORCE COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $754.64
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.