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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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: PANAMA CITY, FL
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Destination: WILKESBARRE, PENNSYLVANIA
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Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT STUDENT LOAN SERVICING
Date: Jun 16, 2000
Expense: $869.03
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Destination: WILKES BARRE
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Destination: LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Purpose: SPEECH TO FINANCIAL AID DIRECTORS
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Expense: $1,100.00
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Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
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Purpose: FACT FINDING TRAVEL
Date: Feb 21, 2002
Expense: $1,117.50
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Expense: $1,117.50
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Traveler: Kris Balderston (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ROCHESTER NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIPS
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Traveler: Dale Kildee (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ARRIVED EVENING OF 1/12/03, SPEECH TO CONFERENCE 1/13/2003
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Expense: $540.25
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Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $612.00
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Traveler: James Kvaal (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PALM BEACH FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
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Traveler: John Boehner (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE SM BOARD AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
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Expense: $1,445.40
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Destination: MIAMI
Purpose:
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (1 day)
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Traveler: John Lawrence (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TO ADDRESS A MEETING OF HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCING REPRESENTATIVES.
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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.