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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

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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

    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

Center for Civic Education


Total cost of 29 trips: $60,328.89


Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: BOSNIA, SARAJEVO
Purpose: VIEW OPERATION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,362.00
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Traveler: Richard Stombres (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SITE VISIT TO SCHOOLS IN SEVERAL MUNICIPALITIES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF THE CIVITAS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,365.00
source

Traveler: Karen Weiss (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Purpose: VISIT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN PRAGUE
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,443.15
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Traveler: Vic Klatt (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: MUNICH TO PRAGUE TO LONDON
Purpose: TO VISIT THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND OBSERVE SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,665.00
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Traveler: Nancy Langrall (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CIVIC-LINK YEAR-END SCHOOL SHOWCASE EXHIBITION ADMINISTERED BY THE CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION AND CO-OPERATION IRELAND, & FUNDED BY CONGRESS & THE U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION
Date: May 10, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,614.31
source

Traveler: Kara Haas (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: TRAVEL-5/10-5/11 & 5/14; SHOWCASE-5/12; 5/13-TOUR
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE INAUGURAL CIVIC-LINK SHOWCASE IN BELFAST
Date: May 10, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,270.91
source

Traveler: Sally Stroup (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 4TH ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINAR OF CIVITAS: AN INTERNATIONAL CIVIC ED. EXCHANGE PROG. TO ENABLE BOTH INTERNATIONAL US PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ED. PROG. TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES IN CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Date: May 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,709.92
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 4TH ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINAR OF CIVITAS: AN INTERNATIONAL CIVIC ED. EXCHANGE PROG. TO ENABLE BOTH INTERNATIONAL US PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ED. PROG. TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES IN CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Date: May 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,709.92
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Mazur (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: SARAJEVO, MOSTO, DOBOJ
Purpose: REVIEW CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS FUNDED BY US DEPT OF ED
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,641.85
source

Traveler: Kara Haas (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: SARAJEVO, MOSTAR (BOSNIA)
Purpose: VISIT SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING THE CIVITAS PROGRAM AUTHORIZED AS PART OF ESEA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,441.85
source

Traveler: Ann Copland (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Purpose: OBSERVE AND MEET WITH CIVITAS CLASSROOMS, TEACHERS AND STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.50
source

Traveler: Justin King (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Purpose: OBSERVATION AND EVALUATION OF DEPT OF EDUCATION FUNDED PROGRAM
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.50
source

Traveler: Dianne Liepa (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: RIGA, LATVIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CIVIC EDUCATION MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS WITH EDUCATORS, AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, VISITS TO SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES
Date: Mar 1, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,042.69
source

Traveler: David Morgenstern (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: IRELAND TRIP
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Traveler: Elyse Wasch (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: IRELAND/NORTHERN IRELAND
Purpose: OBSERVE & MEET WITH KEY OFFICIALS OF THE CIVIC-LINK PROGRAM
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Traveler: Richard Stombres (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BELFAST, DUBLIN
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO SCHOOLS IN SEVERAL MUNICIPALITIES IN IRELAND. TO OBSERVECIVIC-LINK ACTIVITIES
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Traveler: Cory Kennedy (from the office of James Gibbons)
Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVES OF THE CIVITAS: AN INTERNATIONAL CIVIC EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM IN BOSNIA
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,809.55
source

Traveler: Rebecca Claster (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION'S WORK ABROAD, DEVELOPING CURRICULA AND TRAINING TEACHERS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,981.00
source

Traveler: Kristin Bannerman (from the office of Lamar Alexander)
Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Purpose: OBSERVE SCHOOL PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION AS PART OF INTERNATIONAL CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAM AUTHORIZED UNDER NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,809.09
source

Traveler: Ann Copland (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO SCHOOLS TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION, IN AND AROUND PRAGUE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC; VISIT W/ AMERICAN AMBASSADOR AND CZECH REPUBLIC EDUCATION MINIST
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,172.00
source

Traveler: Paula Nowakowski (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Purpose: TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,134.05
source

Traveler: Jennifer Castagna (from the office of Arlen Specter)
Destination: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,447.34
source

Traveler: Amanda Farris (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA
Purpose: TO VISIT SCHOOLS AND OBSERVE ACTIVITIES
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,552.34
source

Traveler: Sarah Rittling (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Purpose: EXAMINE CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,447.34
source

Traveler: Matthew Horowitz (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: Washington, Sarajevo, Washington
Purpose: To study the implementation of the Education for Democracy Act and evaluate foreign civic education programs funded by the Department of Education
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,382.84
source

Traveler: Christine Dodd (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EDUCATIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING CIVIC EDUCATION AND DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,758.00
source

Traveler: Jo-Marie St Martin (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: CASABLANCA MOROCCO TO MARRAKESH, MOROCCO
Purpose: TO REVIEW THE CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION'S PROGRAMS IN MOROCCO WITH THE ARAB GIVITAS INCLUDING SITE VISITS TO SCHOOLS, MEETINGS WITH TEACHERS, STUDENTS, AND ADMINISTRATORS
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,598.89
source

Traveler: Katherine Mcguire (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING CIVIC EDUCATION AND DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS IN MOROCCO
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,826.26
source

Traveler: Dianne Liepa (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: TALLINN, ESTONIA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CIVIC EDUCATION
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $1,990.59
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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.