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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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  • 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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Business Software Alliance


Total cost of 13 trips: $26,450.52


Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: PALO ALTO, CALIF.
Purpose: MEET WITH HIGH TECH COMPANIES TO DISCUSS ISSUES PENDING BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
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Traveler: James Hunter (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: PALO ALTO, CA & SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCES
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.20
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Traveler: Kathryn Webb (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: PALO ALTO, CA
Purpose: HIGH TECH CONFERENCE AND BRIEFING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.20
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Traveler: James Cobb (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; PALO ALTO, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING-BUSINESS SOFTWARE ALLIANCE STAFF TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.20
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Traveler: Cameron Gilreath (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
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Traveler: George Rogers (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: WASH. DC TO IAD (DULLES) TO SAN FRANCISCO/PALO ALTO & RETURN
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,043.20
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Traveler: Lawrence Seyfriez (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination:
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
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Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: PALO ALTO AND SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
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Traveler: Greg Garcia (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Purpose: TOUR HIGH TECH COMPANY SITES; REVIEW POLICY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
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Traveler: Nicole Gustafson (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: RSA CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.18
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Traveler: Ashley Proctor (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: WASHINGTON/IAD TO SAN FRANCISCO TO SEATTLE TO WASHINGTON
Purpose: ATTEND RSA SECURITY CONFERENCE, MEET WITH IT COMPANIES
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,258.18
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Traveler: Carla Buckner (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO GATHER INFORMATION ON LATEST SECURITY TRENDS IN COMPUTER/TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.18
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Traveler: Nancy Scola (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: ATTEND RSA CONFERENCE (ON INFORMATION SECURITY)
Date: Feb 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.18
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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.