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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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Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination: DC TO MYSTIC CT TO NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR FOR CBCF
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $954.49
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Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,300.92
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Traveler: Earl Hilliard (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,792.10
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Traveler: Elliot Ginsberg (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $930.58
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Traveler: George Shevlin (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.44
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Traveler: Holly Canevari (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.46
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Traveler: John Larson (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,339.99
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Traveler: Carrie Meek (from the office of Carrie Meek)
Destination: HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,969.59
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Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORT, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,239.36
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Traveler: Eva Clayton (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, AND HARTFORT, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
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Destination: MYSTIC CONNECTICUT
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Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,794.36
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Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD & HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,967.88
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Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD & HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,002.88
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Destination: MYSTIC SEA PORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,946.88
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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.