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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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  • 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 | 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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Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta


Total cost of 13 trips: $13,954.59


Traveler: Kate Scheeler (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFING BY FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF ATLANTA FROM STRUCTURE AND PURPOSE OF FHLB, REGULATORY REFORM OF GSES, DEPOSIT INSURANCE REFORM
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,200.00
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Traveler: Erika Jeffers (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: BRIEFING AT WACHOVIA HEADQUARTERS AND STAFF TOUR OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN CHARLOTTE, NC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM AND DISCUSSION ABOUT BANK MERGERS WITH WACHOVIA
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,504.19
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Traveler: Robert Griner (from the office of David Scott)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
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Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: ATLANTA AIRPORT
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND THE GSES, THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS AND THE SECURITIZATION PROCESS
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
source

Traveler: Emily Pfeiffer (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $960.00
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Traveler: Katherine Tromble (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: TO FAMILIARIZE STAFF WITH THE OPERATIONS OF THE FHL BANK AND ITS CURRENT PROGRAMS RELATED TO HOUSING
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $815.00
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Traveler: Donald Auerbach (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: REVIEW FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK FIRSTHAND AND REVIEW BANK POLICIES
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
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Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Greg Thomas (from the office of J. Gresham Barrett)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP.
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,092.70
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Traveler: Gerald O'shea (from the office of Jeb Hensarling)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING / EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.70
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Traveler: Benjamin Mckay (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,243.70
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Traveler: Sherry Dudley (from the office of Tom Feeney)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: FINANCIAL SERVICES STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,092.70
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Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,258.20
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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.