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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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Destination: SEATTLE, WA
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Traveler: Rodney Pulliam (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: DC NATIONAL-SEATTLE
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
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Expense: $853.20
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Traveler: Todd Harper (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
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Purpose: SPEAK AT & PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
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Expense: $1,546.40
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Destination: SEATTLE
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Destination: BOSTON, MA
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Traveler: Alfred Garesche (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
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Traveler: Todd Harper (from the office of Paul Kanjorski)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MA
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Traveler: Nigel De Caster (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON FEDERAL HOUSING PROGRAMS
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,010.26
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Traveler: Amy Porter (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination:
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Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $744.04
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Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: BOS
Purpose: EDUCATION ON FED HOME LOAN BANK
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,215.63
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Traveler: Carter Mcdowell (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: DROVE FROM HOME IN VA, TO BOSTON (THROUGH NYC)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR 2001
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.75
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Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL - EDUCATIONAL
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Expense: $957.98
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Traveler: Kerry Mcginn (from the office of Stephen Lynch)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
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Traveler: Chris Goldfarb (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination:
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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.