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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

Global Health Council


Total cost of 21 trips: $63,602.56


Traveler: Wendy Brafman (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $2,008.00
source

Traveler: Rajah Manno (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: CHILD HEALTH FACT COLLECTION
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $2,013.00
source

Traveler: Toby Croll (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO ANALYZE U.S. AID AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING AND PARTICIPATING IN CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,973.00
source

Traveler: Ryan Thrasher (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: GUATEMALA & HONDURAS
Purpose: TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON MATERNITY/INFANT HEALTH
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $2,000.00
source

Traveler: Christina Ho (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: CATE D'IVOIRE, BURKINA FASO
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA AND EFFORTS TO ADDRESS HIV/AIDS
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Charity Bracy (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: COTE D'IVOIRE AND BURKINA FASO
Purpose: A STUDY TRIP TO VISIT HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS IN WEST AFRICA
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Mary Andrus (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: PARIS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL STUDY TOUR LOOKING AT HIV/AIDS ISSUES AND PROGRAMS IN WEST AFRICA
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Noelle Lusane (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: COTE D'IVOIRE AND BURKINA FASO (WEST AFRICA)
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO SEE HOW USAID FUNDED AIDS PROGRAMS ARE OPERATING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Jeannette Windon (from the office of Mark Kirk)
Destination: ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE AND OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO
Purpose: STUDY HIV/AIDS SITUATION
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Clare Coleman (from the office of Nita Lowey)
Destination: COTE D'HOME & BUKINA FASO, WEST AFRICA
Purpose: STUDY US GOV'T-FUNDED HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Deborah Altenburg (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: COTE D' IVOIRE & BURKINA FASO
Purpose: A STUDY TOUR OF HIV/AIDS AND GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Michael Riggs (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: COTE D'IVOIRE AND BURKINA FASO
Purpose: HIV AIDS STUDY TOUR
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Traveler: Julie Jolly (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: HAITI
Purpose: TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KEY CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO OBSERVE HEALTH PROGRAMS SUPPORTED THROUGH USAID, OTHER DONORS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND MULTILATERAL ORGANS
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,411.00
source

Traveler: Rachel Hansen (from the office of William Janklow)
Destination: HAITI
Purpose: A STUDY TOUR OF HAITI HIGHLIGHTING HIV/AIDS, MATERNAL HEALTH, CHILD SURVIVAL, AND OTHER GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KEY CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO OBSERVE HEALTH PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY U.S. AID AND OTHER DONORS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,411.00
source

Traveler: Ashley Etienne (from the office of Chris Bell)
Destination: HAITI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION TO OBSERVE HEALTH PROGRAMS
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,411.00
source

Traveler: Debra Armentrout (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: WENT TO HAITI
Purpose: STUDY TOUR OF PROGRAMS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,411.00
source

Traveler: Kathy Kulkarni (from the office of Frank Pallone)
Destination: PORT AU PRINCE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON HEALTH AND CHILD SURVIVAL PROJECTS IN HAITI.
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,411.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Northrup (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: INDIA (BOMBAY, CHENNAI, AND DELHI)
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION TO SEE AND DISCUSS HEALTHCARE ISSUES FACING INDIA, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND THE GROWING HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,826.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Platt (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-INDIA-NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: GATHER INFORMATION & EXAMINE HEALTH ISSUES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,783.00
source

Traveler: Ray Smith (from the office of Ander Crenshaw)
Destination: MUMBAI, INDIA-CHENNAI, INDIA-DELHI, INDIA
Purpose: EXAMINING CURRENT HEALTH PROBLEMS FACING THE NATION OF INDIA WITH A FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,783.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Kerns (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: MUMBAI, CHENNAI - NEW DELHI, INDIA
Purpose: REVIEW CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAMS, LEARN ABOUT USAID FUNDED HEALTH PROJECTS
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (12 days)
Expense: $5,783.00
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.