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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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  • 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

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  • 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 Virginia


Total cost of 15 trips: $7,344.50


Traveler: Evan Bayh (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Purpose: THE SENATOR WAS ASKED TO BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S LAW SCHOOL'S CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE LAW
Date: Mar 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,109.50
source

Traveler: Louise Mcintosh Slaughter (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Purpose: DISCUSS THE MEMBER'S LEGISLATION REGARDING GENETIC NON DISCRIMINATION
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $143.32
source

Traveler: John Robinson (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: UVA-CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Purpose: TOUR, VISIT, MEETINGS AT UVA MEDICAL CENTER
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $450.00
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Traveler: Judy Mattox (from the office of Virgil Goode)
Destination: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
Purpose: ATTEND PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $634.57
source

Traveler: Kathryn Scott (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination:
Purpose: ATTEND PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $622.72
source

Traveler: Renee Mcdonald (from the office of James Moran)
Destination:
Purpose: ATTEND PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $622.72
source

Traveler: David Price (from the office of David Price)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Purpose: CONDUCT A FORUM AT THE MILLER CENTER
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $356.81
source

Traveler: George Yin (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Purpose: TEACH A CLASS IN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $104.95
source

Traveler: Michael Haltzel (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Purpose: TO DELIVER A LECTURE ON "NATO AFTER THE ISTANBUL SUMMIT" AT THE MILLER CENTER OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, UNIV. OF VIRGINIA
Date: Jul 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $291.00
source

Traveler: Lamar Alexander (from the office of Lamar Alexander)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Purpose: SPEAKER AT EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 4, 2004
Expense: $970.40
source

Traveler: Greg Nickerson (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS GUEST PANEL SPEAKER ON THE INTERNATIONAL PROVISIONS OF H.R. 4520, THE AMERICAN JOBS CREATION ACT
Date: Nov 19, 2004
Expense: $40.00
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Petrich (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-ARLINGTON, VA
Purpose: SPEAKER FOR GOVERNMENT LEGAL CAREERS WORKSHOP AT THE 2005 CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $192.00
source

Traveler: Evan Bayh (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT UVA LAW SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY
Date: May 22, 2005
Expense: $821.41
source

Traveler: Melissa Bartlett (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Purpose: ATTEND A CONGRESSIONAL FAMILIARIZATION PROGRAM AT UVA REGARDING ISSUES PERTAINING TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND TEACHING HOSPITALS
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $277.05
source

Traveler: Darcie Brickner (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP INCLUDING TOUR OF CENTER AND BRIEFINGS FROM DEAN OF MEDICAL SCHOOL AND CEO OF MEDICAL CENTER
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $708.05
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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.