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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

Egypt's International Economic Forum


Total cost of 23 trips: $63,233.00


Traveler: Doug Campbell (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: Eric Johnson (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: Craig Albright (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: CAIRO AND LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: David Dumke (from the office of John Dingell)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: Nancy Tippins (from the office of Sonny Callahan)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: Peter Erdman (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: Kay King (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Traveler: Randall Groves (from the office of Gary Condit)
Destination: CAIRO & LUXER, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & FAMILIARIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,668.00
source

Traveler: Nick Rahall (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT TO WASHINGTON, DULLES
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $700.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Tancredo (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2001
Expense: $800.00
source

Traveler: Bob Barr (from the office of Bob Barr)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Traveler: Darrell Issa (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: CAIRO - CODEL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: May 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $8,300.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Davis (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: May 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,200.00
source

Traveler: David Tebbe (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: TRAVEL TO EGYPT FOR FACT-FINDING
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,700.00
source

Traveler: Darrell Issa (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: LUXOR
Purpose: ADDRESS THE THIRD IT AND TELECOM CONFERENCE IN THE ARAB WORLD. FOR THE PAST TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, CONG. ISSA HAS BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND AND ADDRESS THIS REGIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE FORUM
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $460.00
source

Traveler: Khalil Munir (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RELATED TO MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS, ANTI-TERRORISM INITIATIVES BILATERAL TRADE, AND DEMOCRATIZATION IN EGYPT
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $2,479.00
source

Traveler: Jeff Dobrozsi (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EGYPT-US RELATIONS
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,450.00
source

Traveler: Judah Ariel (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION TO EXPLORE THE ISSUES INVOLVED IN US-EGYPT RELATIONS
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Traveler: Halie Soifer (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: WASHINGTON-CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Traveler: Shelly Stoneman (from the office of Steven Rothman)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Traveler: Heather Keiser (from the office of Michael Rogers)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, TRADE, EDUCATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Traveler: R Nicholas Palarino (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: CAIRO
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING, PROVIDE KEY CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WITH FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF EGYPT, AND BUILD RELATIONS BETWEEN CONGRESS AND KEY INSTITUTIONS AND INDIVIDUALS IN EGYPT
Date: Dec 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Traveler: Jameel Aalim-Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EGYPT'S INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Dec 11, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source



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.