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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

American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt


Total cost of 32 trips: $94,788.68


Traveler: Heather West (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO MEET WITH EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS REGARDING COMMERCE, ECONOMIC AND DEFENSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE U.S.
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,074.00
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Traveler: Stephanie Lester (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: LUXOR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF STUDY TRIP
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Stephen Francis (from the office of Patrick Tiberi)
Destination: CAIRO, LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISITS TO HISTORICAL & CULTURAL SITES
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Nicole Smith (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TRIP
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: David Ettinger (from the office of Sander Levin)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.01
source

Traveler: David Tebbe (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & BUSINESSMAN
Purpose: FACT - FINDING MISSION
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: MEETINGS IN CAIRO, ONE DAY IN LUXOR AT US AID SITE
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Corliss Clemonts-James (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN MINISTERS / AMCHAM / AUC PRESIDENT / PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY AND OTHERS
Purpose: TO IMPROVE US-ARAB RELATIONS
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
source

Traveler: Lorianne Woodrow (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $5,391.30
source

Traveler: Kimberly Nelson (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: CAIRO AND LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Jill Kosch (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO MEET WITH EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS REGARDING TRADE, ECONOMICS, COMMERCE AND DEFENSE FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNDERSTANDING U.S.-EGYPT TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Anthony Reed (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Eric Bergren (from the office of Ron Lewis)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND POLICY MAKERS TO DISCUSS U.S.-EGYPTIAN BILATERAL RELATIONS, WITH A FOCUS ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.52
source

Traveler: William Rice (from the office of Robert Cramer)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.00
source

Traveler: Adam Peterman (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Matt Sonnesyn (from the office of Lamar Alexander)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO MONITOR EXPENDITURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN AID IN EGYPT AND TO EXAMINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S.-EGYPT TRADE
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATING ON AMCHAM'S HISTORIC MISSION OF PROMOTING US-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Alan Tennille (from the office of Jerry Weller)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING POTENTIAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND EGYPT, THE CURRENT STATE OF MIDDLE EASTERN REGIONAL AFFAIRS, THE UNITED STATES - EGYPT INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP, LEARN ABOUT USAID WORK IN PRESERVATION OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQ
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Jacob Abel (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. (DCA) - JFK - ZUNEN, SWITZERLAND - CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
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Traveler: Kristie Rodgers (from the office of Christopher Smith)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH SELECT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PARLIAMENTAR. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EGYPTIAN PRIVATE SECTOR
Purpose: U.S.-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS-FOCUS ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CONCERNS IN EGYPT
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
source

Traveler: Jerry Hartz (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
source

Traveler: Lori Rowley (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING: US-EGYPT RELATIONS - FOREIGN AID, TRADE, EDUCATION, INTELLIGENCE, AGRICULTURE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
source

Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $1,775.45
source

Traveler: Margaret Wicker (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
source

Traveler: Jeannette Windon (from the office of Mark Kirk)
Destination: CAIRO EGYPT
Purpose: U.S.-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS-MIDDLE EAST POLICY-U.S. ASSISTANCE TO EGYPT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Boyd (from the office of Brian Baird)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS, VISIT USAID PROJECTS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $3,500.00
source

Traveler: Brian Quintenz (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: LUXAR
Purpose: FOREIGN AFFAIRS MEETING INT'L TRADE BRIEFINGS, US AID BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,663.15
source

Traveler: Lorianne Woodrow (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
source

Traveler: Kevin Fitzpatrick (from the office of Steve Chabot)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BUSINESS LEADERS, TOUR ANTIQUITY SITES, US AID PROJECTS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,793.15
source

Traveler: Larry Lavender (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Traveler: Ken Cummings (from the office of Chris Van Hollen)
Destination: CAIRO
Purpose: VISIT OF GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,663.15
source

Traveler: Molly Miller (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT-LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: TO ENGAGE HIGH-LEVEL EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS AND BUSINESSPEOPLE ON ISSUES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE TO THE US AND EGYPT
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
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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.