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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

    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 Phoenix


Total cost of 15 trips: $14,418.86


Traveler: Charles Barone (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BRIEFING ON UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $539.00
source

Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BRIEFING ON UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Apr 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,363.50
source

Traveler: Sherry Harper (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC - PHOENIX
Purpose: VISIT THE CAMPUS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $638.00
source

Traveler: James Kvaal (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: TOUR TWO CAMPUSES, MEETINGS WITH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS & HRD STAFF
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $648.11
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TOUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN PHOENIX AND IN VEGAS, MEET WITH UNIVERSITY, OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $648.11
source

Traveler: Todd Haiken (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,270.00
source

Traveler: Allen Fleming (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: PHOENIX ARIZONA
Purpose: VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX FLAGSHIP CAMPUS AND DISTANCE LEARNING CENTER IN PHOENIX, AZ
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,259.50
source

Traveler: Greg Johnston (from the office of John Carter)
Destination: PHOENIX FOR FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,215.50
source

Traveler: Rachel Post (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: DISTANCE EDUCATION/HIGHER EDUCATION FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,037.89
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING MEETING ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Traveler: Nora Smith (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO PREPARE FOR HEA REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,215.50
source

Traveler: Sarah Rittling (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: PHOENIX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Traveler: Angela Klemack (from the office of Patrick Tiberi)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UOP'S EXTENSIVE ON-LINE EDUCATION PROGRAMS; CONSIDER NEW POLICY FOR THE HIGHER ED. REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,041.50
source

Traveler: Ellynne Bannan (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: DCA-PHOENIX, AZ ROUNDTRIP
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR PROFIT UNIVERSITIES & DISTANCE EDUCATION
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $612.25
source

Traveler: Heath Weems (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $642.00
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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.