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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

  • 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.

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: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: RETIREMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2000 (7 days)
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Purpose: RETIREMENT CONFERENCE
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Purpose: CONFERENCE
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Destination: ORLANDO, FLA.
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
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Expense: $2,110.00
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Traveler: Todd Funk (from the office of Nancy Johnson)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,444.00
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Purpose: EDUCATIONAL (CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT LEGISLATION)
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,861.20
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Traveler: James Glenn (from the office of Michael Mcnulty)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: PENSION AND RETIREMENT ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
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Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: SEMINAR ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS ISSUES
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,366.25
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Traveler: Barbara Pate (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: ORLANDO, PL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
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Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
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Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
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Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
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Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: ADDRESS TO RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
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Traveler: Neil Volz (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination:
Purpose: RETIREMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
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Traveler: Chris Bowlin (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: RETIREMENT POLICY SEMINAR
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Traveler: Priscilla Ross (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT SECURITY
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (4 days)
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Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REGARDING RETIREMENT SECURITY
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Purpose: LIFE INSURANCE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
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Traveler: Patrick Heck (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: NYC
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Traveler: Bob Van Heuvelen (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ISSUES
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Traveler: Evan Liddiard (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
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Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
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Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON RETIREMENT INCOME ISSUES; ATTEND CONFERENCE ENTITLED "THE ROLE OF INSURANCE IN ADDRESSING AMERICA'S RETIREMENT INCOME CRISIS"
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Destination: Wash DC - New York City - Wash DC
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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.