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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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Trips sponsored by

University of California at Berkeley


Total cost of 12 trips: $18,111.15


Traveler: Carline Jelsma (from the office of Bud Shuster)
Destination: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA, BESKELEY, CA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,386.00
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,725.92
source

Traveler: Earl Blumenauer (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: BERKLEY, CA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR URBANISM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $787.75
source

Traveler: Paul David Wellstone (from the office of Paul David Wellstone)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,787.00
source

Traveler: Bob Filner (from the office of Bob Filner)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: US-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,507.00
source

Traveler: Sherrod Brown (from the office of Sherrod Brown)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM ON US-MEXICO
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,594.00
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: BERKELEY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A PUBLIC FORUM ON HAITI, ATTENDED BY FACULTY, STUDETS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Date: Apr 15, 2004
Expense: $378.00
source

Traveler: Sherrod Brown (from the office of Sherrod Brown)
Destination: MORELIA, MEXICO
Purpose: 3RD ANNUAL MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,414.36
source

Traveler: Gene Green (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: MORELIA, MEXICO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE U.S.-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $904.34
source

Traveler: Chris Cannon (from the office of Chris Cannon)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA-MORELIA, MEXICO-SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Purpose: U.S.-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM MEETING. THE FUTURES FORUM IS AN UNIQUE NETWORK OF LEADING POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTORS, WHO THINK ABOUT THE ISSUES FACING BOTH COUNTRIES
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,844.54
source

Traveler: Virginia Mosqueda (from the office of Linda Sanchez)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-MORELIA, MICHOACAN-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: STAFFED CONGRESSWOMAN LINDA SANCHEZ WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE THIRD ANNUL MEETING OF THE U.S.-MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,148.90
source

Traveler: Linda Sanchez (from the office of Linda Sanchez)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-HOUSTON, TX-MORELIA, MEXICO-HOUSTON, TX-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE THIRD ANNUAL UNITED STATES - MEXICO FUTURES FORUM
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,633.34
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American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.