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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

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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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Total cost of 13 trips: $7,114.71


Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LUSBY, MD
Purpose: TOUR LIQUEFIELD NATURAL GAS TERMINAL
Date: Aug 5, 2004
Expense: $65.00
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Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Jan 5, 2005
Expense: $15.40
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Traveler: Dwight Cates (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, SURRY POWER STATION-WASHINGTON
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Amanda Foster (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Timothy Aiken (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA-SURRY, VA
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER, SECURITY
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Jo Ann Davis (from the office of Jo Ann Davis)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA-SURRY POWER STATION, VA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Brent Robinson (from the office of Jo Ann Davis)
Destination: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF SURRY NUCLEAR POWER STATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Steven Karapetian (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $276.04
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Traveler: Jamie Miller (from the office of Randy Forbes)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA TO SURRY VA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $276.04
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Traveler: Shauna Hewes (from the office of Robert Simmons)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA FOR DOMINION BRIEFINGS; TO SURRY POWER STATION FOR TOUR AND BRIEFINGS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Charlie Melancon (from the office of Charlie Melancon)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INFORMATIONAL OFFSHORE RIG
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $958.42
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Traveler: Ed Case (from the office of Ed Case)
Destination: GULF OF MEXICO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INFORMATION TRIP/BRIEFING TO AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $1,975.34
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Traveler: Ron Kind (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: 'DEVILS TOWER,' AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Purpose: TO VIEW AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING ON ITS PURPOSE AND OPERATION
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $969.67
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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.