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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

Coalition of Service Industries


Total cost of 36 trips: $74,543.88


Traveler: Stephen Moffitt (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO MEET W/ WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS TRADE ISSUES & THE FUTURE OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
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Traveler: Eric Olson (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE WTO
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.47
source

Traveler: Lori Denham (from the office of Calvin Dooley)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MEETINGS AT WTO
Purpose: VISIT WTO MEET WTO REPRESENTATIVES U.S. DELEGATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
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Traveler: David Kavanaugh (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: GENEVA SWITZERLAND
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
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Traveler: Meredith Broadbent (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE WTO
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: Bob Castro (from the office of E. Clay Shaw)
Destination: GENEVA TRIP
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE WTO
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: J Krister Holladay (from the office of Saxby Chambliss)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: VISIT WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION & U.S. DELEGATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: Francis Record (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: GENEVA TRIP
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE WTO
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: William Van Horne (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: Michael Prucker (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: GENEVA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, WTO
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
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Traveler: Daniel Maffei (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO WTO
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: Kyle Gilster (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: STUDY THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Traveler: Sean Mulvaney (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,630.52
source

Traveler: Kevin Macmillan (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: WTO MEETINGS ON TRADE IN SERVICES
Date: May 24, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,274.72
source

Traveler: Debra Dixon (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION FOUNDATION
Date: May 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,843.12
source

Traveler: Kirk Fordham (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ WTO ON TRADE POLICY
Date: May 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,501.72
source

Traveler: J J Piskadlo (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING MEETINGS WITH WTO OFFICIALS
Date: May 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,843.12
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Traveler: John Szymanski (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: WTO/GLOBAL TRADE TRAINING AND FACT-FINDING
Date: May 27, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,798.12
source

Traveler: David Torian (from the office of Michael Mcnulty)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: MEET & DISCUSS US TRADE LAWS W/ WTO OFFICIALS
Date: May 27, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,843.12
source

Traveler: Melissa Mueller (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: TRAVEL TO GENEVA TO VISIT WORLDTRADE ORGANIZATION
Purpose: VISIT WITH U.S. DELEGATION AND OTHERS RE: TRADE.
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,295.00
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Traveler: Thomas Montgomery (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MISSION TO WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,897.00
source

Traveler: James Brandell (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION MEETINGS
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,325.00
source

Traveler: Douglas Badger (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: DISCUSS TRADE IN SERVICES AT WTO HEADQUARTERS
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,836.00
source

Traveler: George Dalley (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Purpose: VISIT TO WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,482.00
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: GENEVA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AT WTO
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,420.00
source

Traveler: Shara Aranoff (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: REVIEW ISSUES IN WTO AND FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS, WITH EMPHASIS ON SERVICES TRADE
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,998.25
source

Traveler: David Olson (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND OTHER OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT GLOBAL TRADE TALKS
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,942.25
source

Traveler: Jace Johnson (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: MEET WITH AND LEARN FROM REPRESENTATIVES AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,876.25
source

Traveler: Melvin Spence (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: GENEVA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION TO DISCUSS STATUS OF SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,876.25
source

Traveler: Christopher Wenk (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES BEING CONSIDERED AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,914.35
source

Traveler: Jayme White (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: May 23, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,022.25
source

Traveler: Adam Peterman (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MISSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,896.25
source

Traveler: Demetrios Marantis (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP ON CURRENT STATUS OF WTO DOTTA NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,140.13
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Traveler: Jameel Aalim-Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: GENEVA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,022.22
source

Traveler: Julie Herwig (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND TO FRANKFURT, GERMANY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ISSUES UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION DOHA DEVELOPMENT ROUND NEGOTIATIONS; AND TO MEET WITH U.S. AND OTHER OFFICIALS
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,411.22
source

Traveler: Steven Schrage (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: OVERSIGHT OF WTO SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 30, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,464.65
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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.