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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.

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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Trips sponsored by

University of Michigan


Total cost of 17 trips: $14,421.24


Traveler: Kimberly Teehee (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PANELIST FOR INDIAN LAW DAY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $360.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Chock (from the office of Daniel Inouye)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH REGARDING RICE V. CAYETANO TO LAW STUDENTS
Date: Apr 11, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,123.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: AUBURN HILLS, MI
Purpose: SPRING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (CONG. LANTOS IS A BOARD MEMBER)
Date: May 8, 2000
Expense: $545.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Sawyer (from the office of Thomas Sawyer)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL-DETROIT-DC
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Mar 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.50
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U OF M BUSINESS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Date: May 4, 2001
Expense: $1,149.63
source

Traveler: Julianne Gade (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: MICHIGAN
Purpose: TOUR MICHIGAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (3)
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,268.00
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Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-ANN ARBOR, MI-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FALL BOARD MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,353.26
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Traveler: Michael Zamore (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT MEETING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,211.98
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: MEMPHIS, TN-DETROIT, MI-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SPEECH TO GRADUATING CLASS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,090.50
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Traveler: John Buckley (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: ARM HARBOR
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TAXATION OF FINANCING PRODUCT
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: DETROIT, MI
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 30, 2004
Expense: $925.29
source

Traveler: John Ford (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: SPEECH AT BIOTECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
Date: Feb 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $488.79
source

Traveler: Ned Newland (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: CORPORATE TAX SEMINAR
Date: May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $280.41
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Traveler: John Navratil (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE TAX POLICY
Date: May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.40
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Traveler: David Lenter (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE TAX
Date: May 5, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $490.40
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Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $732.08
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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.