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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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Futures Industry Association


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Traveler: Greg Zerzan (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: ATTEND FIA CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,500.00
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Traveler: Greg Zerzan (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,800.00
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Traveler: John Anderson (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: BOCA RATON
Purpose: INDUSTRY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS FUTURES TRADING AND DERIVATIVES
Date: Mar 12, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,679.20
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Traveler: Andrew Morton (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FUTURES INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Mar 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,692.00
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Traveler: Jon Hixson (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION-EDUCATION
Date: Mar 12, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,313.00
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Traveler: Bill Nelson (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $516.60
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Traveler: David Johnson (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE WHERE ISSUES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION WERE DISCUSSED
Date: Mar 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,213.00
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Traveler: Andrew Morton (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUES CURRENTLY FACING THE FUTURES INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 17, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,615.00
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Traveler: Matthew O'mara (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: FT LAUDERDALE AND BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB
Purpose: ANNUAL FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 17, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,688.11
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Traveler: Robert Getzoff (from the office of Rahm Emanuel)
Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL FUTURES INDUSTRY ANNUAL CONFERENCE ATTEND PANEL DISCUSSIONS, SPEAKERS, EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,515.16
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Traveler: Ryan Weston (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: BOCA RATON
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
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Traveler: Marsha Blackburn (from the office of Marsha Blackburn)
Destination: NASHVILLE, TN-BOCA RATON, CHARLES RETURNED TO NASHVILLE AND CONGRESSMAN RETURNED TO WASHINGTON DULLES
Purpose: KEYNOTE PANELIST FOR THE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,469.41
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Traveler: Eric Juzenas (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: BOCA RATON
Purpose: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC. CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,925.00
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Traveler: Ted Monoson (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE
Purpose: ANNUAL FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE DEALING WITH MANY ISSUES RELATED TO REAUTHORIZATION OF THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE ACT
Date: Mar 16, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,904.89
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Traveler: Tyler Wegmeyer (from the office of Jerry Moran)
Destination: FLORIDA
Purpose: THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION
Date: Mar 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $980.00
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Traveler: Kevin Kramp (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: TO ATTEND BREAK OUT SESSIONS CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.90
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Destination: BOCA, FLORIDA
Purpose: STAFFING CONGRESSMAN WHO SPOKE ON MEMBERS PANEL
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,978.07
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Traveler: Christopher Ogilvie (from the office of Bob Etheridge)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: ATTEND FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INDUSTRY AND THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH FUTURES. ASSIST MEMBER OF CONGRESS WITH PANEL DISCUSSION ON FUTURES AND CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,326.51
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Traveler: Craig Rushing (from the office of Marilyn Musgrave)
Destination: BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER ON SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,017.80
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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.