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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

Viacom Inc


Total cost of 25 trips: $21,490.45


Traveler: Jerrold Nadler (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: NYC-MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE & RETURN
Purpose: PANELIST ON "TURNING THE TABLES: POLITICIANS GRILL THE MEDIA"
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,033.00
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Traveler: Eric Schmeltzer (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: NYC - MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE & RETURN
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS A PANELIST ON "TURNING THE TABLES: POLITICIANS GRIL THE MEDIA"
Date: Jan 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $765.00
source

Traveler: Dennis Kucinich (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: APPEAR AT A COMEDY FORUM IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Date: Jan 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Traveler: Dave Marventano (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,086.61
source

Traveler: W.J. Tauzin (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,327.15
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON SUNDAY TALK SHOW
Date: Feb 11, 2001
Expense: $155.35
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON EARLY SHOW
Date: Mar 29, 2001
Expense: $103.56
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON SUNDAY TALK SHOW
Date: May 27, 2001
Expense: $77.68
source

Traveler: James Maloney (from the office of James Maloney)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: INTERVIEWS
Date: May 31, 2001
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: Jean Carnahan (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON CBS "THE EARLY SHOW"
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $430.28
source

Traveler: Anthony Wyche (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO STAFF SENATOR CARNAHAN DURING HER APPEARANCE ON CBS "THE EARLY SHOW"
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $430.28
source

Traveler: W.J. Tauzin (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: MEETINGS RE. NATL. OWNERSHIP CAP & PROGRAM ACCESS
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $681.20
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON EARLY SHOW
Date: Sep 25, 2001
Expense: $155.35
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON CBS NEWS' "THE EARLY SHOE"
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Expense: $103.56
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: FORT MYERS, FL
Purpose: AUTO SERVICE IN FORT MYERS AREA FOR APPEARANCE ON "FACE THE NATION"
Date: Apr 11, 2004
Expense: $330.75
source

Traveler: Henry Bonilla (from the office of Henry Bonilla)
Destination: NY
Purpose: INTERVIEW ON THE DAILY SHOW
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,174.59
source

Traveler: Norm Coleman (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $688.59
source

Traveler: Kristin Smith (from the office of Conrad Burns)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THE DTV TRANSITION WILL AFFECT CONSUMERS IN RURAL MONTANA
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,605.40
source

Traveler: Mark Anderson (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EXECUTIVES OF CBS TELEVISION AND PARAMOUNT STUDIOS TO DISCUSS DECENCEY LEGISLATION AS WELL AS THE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,605.40
source

Traveler: Jaylyn Jensen (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CBS AND PARAMOUNT EXECUTIVES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,366.40
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO VISIT VIACOM'S NEWS DIVISION AND MOVIE STUDIOS AND TO DISCUSS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES FACING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,632.40
source

Traveler: Maria Meier (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO BECOME EDUCATED ON THE POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE TELEVISION AND MOVIE PICTURE INDUSTRY GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON BROADCAST AND PIRACY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,725.10
source

Traveler: Linda Valter (from the office of Mary Bono)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS - LOS ANGELES
Purpose: IMPACTS ON MOVIE/TV INDUTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $806.40
source

Traveler: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (from the office of Debbie Wasserman Schultz)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: PRESS INTERVIEW-LIVE
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,421.70
source

Traveler: Daniel O'brien (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: BOSTON MA
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY SENATOR BIDEN ON A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 19, 2005
Expense: $414.70
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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.