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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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Total cost of 24 trips: $44,424.37


Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: ALBANY, NEW YORK
Purpose: NYS ASSOC. OF BLACK & PUERTO RICAN LEGIS. SPEAKER
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $594.56
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Traveler: James Jones (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON VACCINE MANUFACTURING
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,560.00
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Traveler: Brad Prewitt (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM/PIXENPORT, BELGIUM
Purpose: TOUR VACCINE FACILITY
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,042.70
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Traveler: Veronica Crowe (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: BELGIUM
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-VACCINE DEVELOPMENT
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,042.70
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Traveler: Elizabeth Assey (from the office of Peter Deutsch)
Destination: BRUSSELS AND RIXENSART, BELGIUM
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTL VACCINE POLICY
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,042.70
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Traveler: Catherine Alyce Rafferty (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: BRUSSELS AND RIXENSART, BELGIUM
Purpose: EDUCATION - HEALTH POLICY
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,042.70
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Traveler: Mary Beth Carozza (from the office of David Hobson)
Destination: BRUSSELS & RIXENSART, BELGIUM
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL VACCINE POLICY
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,042.70
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Traveler: Robert Joseph Trauger (from the office of Sam Johnson)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL VACCINE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,042.70
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Traveler: Priscilla Ross (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: RALEIGH, N.C.
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING REGARDING DRUG BENEFITS
Date: Apr 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $555.44
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Traveler: Brenda Pillors (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination:
Purpose: VISIT RESEARCH FACILITY
Date: Apr 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $556.06
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Traveler: Jennifer Eberhardt (from the office of Bob Etheridge)
Destination: RALEIGH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $566.07
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Traveler: Peter Erdman (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: PHARMACEUTICAL LABS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT TOUR FOR STAFFE
Date: May 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $618.00
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Traveler: Lauren Smith (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: TOUR OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING FACILITY
Date: May 18, 2002
Expense: $267.90
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Traveler: Abby Kral (from the office of Mike Dewine)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: VISIT GLAXO SMITHKLINE VACCINE FACILITIES
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,899.52
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Traveler: Megan Hauck (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: TOUR OF VACCINE PLANT & EDUCATION ON VACCINE AVAILABILITY IN 3RD WORLD
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,900.52
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Traveler: Patricia Knight (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: BELGIUM
Purpose: TO VISIT A STATE-OF-THE-ART VACCINE MANUFACTURING FACILITY, AND TO DISCUSS VACCINE SHORTAGE, SAFETY WORLD HEALTH, AND BIOTERRORISM POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,947.71
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Traveler: Karen Nelson (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: EXAMINE ISSUES RELATED TO PRODUCTION AND REGULATION OF VACCINES
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,984.00
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Traveler: Darren Willcox (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, VISIT OF VACCINE FACILITY, MEETINGS AT EU
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL STAFF TRIP ON VACCINE ISSUES
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,817.40
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Traveler: Eric Bergren (from the office of Ron Lewis)
Destination: VISIT GSK BIOLOGICAL HEADQUARTERS, RAENSART (BELGIUM), VISIT EV
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Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,900.57
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Traveler: Patrick Morrisey (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: TOUR VACCINE FACILITIES CONFERENCE W/EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERS
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,852.57
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Traveler: Jennifer Hansen (from the office of Richard Burr)
Destination: BELGIUM
Purpose: VISIT GSK VACCINE FACILITY AND EU PARLIAMENT
Date: May 24, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,983.38
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Traveler: David Whitney (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: BELGIUM
Purpose: TO ACQUIRE INFORMATION ABOUT THE VACCINE AND DRUG DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL PROCEDURES IN THE EU; LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL VACCINE ISSUES AND MEET WITH EC OFFICIALS.
Date: May 25, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,852.57
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Traveler: Orrin Hatch (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT GAPONC COMPANY CEO ROUNDTABLE AND RETREAT
Date: Feb 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,078.90
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Traveler: Charles Ludlam (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNS
Purpose: MEET WITH 30 SENIOR MANAGERS FOR GSK INFECTIOUS DISEASE UNIT
Date: Apr 5, 2005
Expense: $233.00
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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.