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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.

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  • 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

Korea-United States Exchange Council


Total cost of 32 trips: $302,115.44


Traveler: Brett Shogren (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 24, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $14,480.00
source

Traveler: Tom Delay (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $28,000.00
source

Traveler: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: TEL AVIV-SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND SOUTH KOREA TO TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $27,960.00
source

Traveler: Susan Hirschmann (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Purpose: EDUCATION / MT OF GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $8,822.16
source

Traveler: Ander Crenshaw (from the office of Ander Crenshaw)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $27,640.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Kahn (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-KOREA
Purpose: OFFICIAL BUSINESS
Date: Mar 30, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,211.00
source

Traveler: Alicia O'donnell (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,169.53
source

Traveler: Mark Matzen (from the office of Rush Holt)
Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH KOREAN & US BUSINESS OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,808.53
source

Traveler: Brian Diffell (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: REPUPBLIC OF KOREA
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,883.53
source

Traveler: Eni Faleomavaega (from the office of Eni Faleomavaega)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: BUILD RELATIONSHIP WITH NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Date: May 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,450.50
source

Traveler: James Hager (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: EXAMINE THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA-U.S. ALLIANCE AND THE TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA DIALOGUE W/CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND NATIONAL EXPERTS.
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Williams (from the office of Eni Faleomavaega)
Destination: WV
Purpose: EXAMINE ROK ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,900.00
source

Traveler: Larry Lavender (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: W VA
Purpose: EXAMINE THE ROK-US ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON KOREAN PENINSULA. DIALOGUE WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND NATIONAL EXPERTS
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Traveler: James Mccormick (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: EXAMINE THE U.S.-ROK ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA; DIALOGUE WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND NATIONAL EXPORTS
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Traveler: Paul Sawyer (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: EXAMINE THE ROK-US ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON KOREAN PENINSULA. DIALOGUE WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND EXPERTS/PARTICIPANTS FROM US/ROK
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Traveler: Jamie Roe (from the office of Candice Miller)
Destination: GREENBRIER
Purpose: EXAMINE THE U.S.-REPUBLIC OF KOREA ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON KOREAN PENINSULA DIALOGUE WITH CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND OTHER EXPERTS
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Traveler: Missy Branson (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.
Purpose: EXAMINE THE ROK-US ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Traveler: John Carter (from the office of John Carter)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION TRIP TO KOREA, DMZ
Date: Nov 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $18,082.00
source

Traveler: Paul Berkowitz (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: TOKYO, SEOUL, AUCKLAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 28, 2003 (14 days)
Expense: $8,174.21
source

Traveler: Jim Mcdermott (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION TRIP TO KOREA, DMZ
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $9,340.60
source

Traveler: Eni Faleomavaega (from the office of Eni Faleomavaega)
Destination:
Purpose: MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE ARMISTICE AGREEMENTS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. WILL MEET WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS RE: KOREA/UNITED STATES RELATIONS. VISIT AMERICAN TROOPS AT DMZ.
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $22,098.84
source

Traveler: Scott Garrett (from the office of Scott Garrett)
Destination: SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA (ROK)
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION TRIP TO KOREA DMZ
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $19,465.60
source

Traveler: Larry Lavender (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION TRIP TO KOREA, DMZ
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $10,333.30
source

Traveler: Michael Honda (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION TRIP TO KOREA, DMZ
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Expense: $900.00
source

Traveler: Benjamin Mckay (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA - KYUNG JU
Purpose: FORMALIZATION OF US-ROK POLITICAL CLIMATE. BRIEFINGS BY THE BLUE HOUS, U.S. EMBASSY-KOREA, GEN. LAPORTE; CMDR, U.S. ARMED FORCES-KOREA TOUR OF THE DMZ, AND TOURS OF ANCIENT CULTURAL AND ARCHOLOGICAL SITES. IN ADDITION, A THOROUGH POLITICAL AND CULTURAL EX
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,600.00
source

Traveler: David Hemenway (from the office of Candice Miller)
Destination: SEOUL, KYUNG JU, KOREA
Purpose: FORMALIZATION OF US-ROK POLITICAL CLIMATE. BRIEFINGS BY THE BLUE HOUSE, U.S. EMBASSY-KOREA, GEN. LAPORTE; CMDR. U.S. ARMED FORCES-KOREA. TOUR OF THE DMZ, AND TOURS OF ANCIENT CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES. IN ADDITION, A THOROUGH POLITICAL AND CULTURAL
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $14,314.40
source

Traveler: Jason Larrabee (from the office of John Doolittle)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA
Purpose: FORMALIZATION OF US-ROK POLITICAL CLIMATE. BRIEFINGS BY THE BLUE HOUSE, U.S. EMBASSY-KOREA, GEN. LAPORTE; CMDR. U.S. ARMED FORCES-KOREA. TOUR OF THE DMZ, AND TOURS OF ANCIENT, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES. IN ADDITION, A THOROUGH POLITICAL AND CULTURA
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,927.00
source

Traveler: Frederick Ratliff (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA - KYUNG JU, KOREA
Purpose: FORMALIZATION OF US-ROK POLITICAL CLIMATE. BRIEFINGS BY THE BLUE HOUSE, U.S. EMBASSY-KOREA, GEN. LAPORTE; CMDR. U.S. ARMED FORCES-KOREA. TOUR OF THE DMZ, AND TOURS OF ANCIENT, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES. IN ADDITION, A THOROUGH POLITICAL AND CULTURA
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,087.30
source

Traveler: Richard Butcher (from the office of Diane Watson)
Destination: SEOUL, KOREA
Purpose: COMPREHENSIVE STAFF DELEGATION TOUR INCLUDING MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BLUE HOUSE AND LEADERS OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES, MEETING U.S. TROOPS, DMZ TOUR, AND EXCURSION TO A SOUTHERN PROVINCE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,087.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Manansala (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: SEOW, KOREA
Purpose: COMPREHENSIVE STAFF DELEGATION TOUR INCLUDING MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BLUEHOUSE AND LEADERS OF OPPOSITION PARTIES, MEETING US TROOPS, DMZ TOUR, AND EXCURSION TO A SOUTHERN VILLAGE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,087.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Fitzpatrick (from the office of Steve Chabot)
Destination: D.C., Seoul Korea, D.C.
Purpose: Meeting with National Security Advisor & Defense Advisor to the President, Members of the National Assembly, US Ambassador to Rok, USAF-Korea
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,742.20
source

Traveler: John Doolittle (from the office of John Doolittle)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA FOR KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $14,000.74
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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.