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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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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.

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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

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National Association of Letter Carriers


Total cost of 11 trips: $12,225.74


Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $119.00
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Traveler: Denise Wilson (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE FORUM & CONVENTION
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $950.00
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Traveler: Robert Taub (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NATIONAL CONVENTION ON POSTAL ISSUES
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $781.47
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Traveler: Daniel Moll (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: CHICAGO
Purpose: ADDRESS LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP AT NAT'L. CONVENTION
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,825.00
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Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BOSTON-CHICAGO-MEMPHIS
Purpose: SPEECH AT NALC CONVENTION
Date: Aug 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,338.74
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Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: HARBOR SPRINGS MICHIGAN
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $259.90
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Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: ORANGE CO. CA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $459.50
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Traveler: Nanci Langley (from the office of Daniel Akaka)
Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Purpose: TO SERVE ON A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL TO DISCUSS S. 2468, THE POSTAL REFORM BILL AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS' CONVENTION
Date: Jul 17, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $850.00
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Traveler: Richard Boykin (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
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Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Purpose:
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,080.46
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Traveler: Ronald Martinson (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC/HONOLULU, HAWAII
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONVENTION-SEMINAR ON RETIREMENT ISSUES AFFECTING FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES. (ALSO SPENT DAY AT US NAVY FACILITIES AT PEARL HARBOR-MEETINGS WITH CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS)
Date: Jul 20, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,111.67
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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.