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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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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American Shipbuilding Association


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Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP WITH LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,410.50
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Traveler: Randy Forbes (from the office of Randy Forbes)
Destination: FORT MYERS/NAPLES, FL
Purpose: AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING ASSOCIATION'S CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP 12/01/03 - 12/03/03 FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPB
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (4 days)
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Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION REGARDING THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,355.00
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Traveler: Trent Lott (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
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Expense: $1,850.00
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Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: NAPLES, FL
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Traveler: Ernest Istook (from the office of Ernest Istook)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,611.00
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Traveler: Thomas Allen (from the office of Thomas Allen)
Destination: FORT MYERS
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY AND ITS FUTURE
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,287.12
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Traveler: Jo Ann Davis (from the office of Jo Ann Davis)
Destination: NAPLES, FL (FT. MEYERS AIRPORT)
Purpose: NAVY SHIPBUILDING WORKSHOP
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Traveler: Robert Simmons (from the office of Robert Simmons)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF POLICY & ISSUES PERTAINING TO SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,563.22
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Traveler: Gene Taylor (from the office of Gene Taylor)
Destination: NAPLES, FL
Purpose: AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING ASSOCIATION CONGRESSIONAL WORKSHOP - POLICY DISCUSSIONS WITH SHIPBUILDING REPRESENTATIVES AND OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
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Traveler: Thomas Allen (from the office of Thomas Allen)
Destination: FORT MYERS
Purpose: TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
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Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: NAPLES, FL
Purpose: TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY.
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
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Traveler: David Hobson (from the office of David Hobson)
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Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
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Destination: NAPLES, FL
Purpose: EDUCATION - NAVAL SHIPBUILDING ASSOCIATION
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Traveler: Randy Forbes (from the office of Randy Forbes)
Destination: NORFOLK, VA/FT. MYERS, FL/ORLANDO, FL/WASHINGTON, DC
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Traveler: Robert Simmons (from the office of Robert Simmons)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: FORUM FOR MEMBERS & INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN & TO DISCUSS POLICY TO REBUILD SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
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Traveler: Roger Wicker (from the office of Roger Wicker)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
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Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,828.71
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Traveler: Gene Taylor (from the office of Gene Taylor)
Destination: GULFPORT, MS TO NAPLES, FL
Purpose: WORKSHOP FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,348.82
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Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: Wash DC - Naples, IL - Cleveland, OH
Purpose: Congressional Workshop
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,440.94
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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.