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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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  • 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.

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

National Urban League


Total cost of 16 trips: $10,894.14


Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: CHICAGO-NY-DC
Purpose: SPEAKING-TOWN HALL MEETING
Date: Jul 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,094.00
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Traveler: Stephanie Milburn (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE
Purpose: TO CONDUCT A WORKSHOP ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND JOB TRAINING
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $381.50
source

Traveler: Michael Williams (from the office of Denise Majette)
Destination: LEESBERG, VA
Purpose: NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE RETREAT
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
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Traveler: Michaeleen Crowell (from the office of Denise Majette)
Destination: LEESBERG, VA
Purpose: NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE RETREAT
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
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Traveler: Tracie Pough (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: LANSDOWNE RESORT 44050 WOODBRIDGE PARKWAY, LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE-INSTITUTE FOR OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY SR. STAFF RESEARCH ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.55
source

Traveler: Jesse Price (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES THAT CONCERN AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.55
source

Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES THAT CONCERN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
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Traveler: Michelle Anderson-Lee (from the office of Chaka Fattah)
Destination: RAYBURN HOB, WASHINGTON, DC TO LANSDOWNE RESORT, LEESBURG, VA - RETURN TO FREDERICKSBURG, VA
Purpose: SENIOR STAFF RESEARCH ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
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Traveler: Dana Hopings (from the office of Frank Ballance)
Destination: LANSDOWNE, VA
Purpose: RESEARCH ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.55
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Traveler: Jane Oates (from the office of Edward Kennedy)
Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Purpose: SPEAK AT NUL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 28, 2003
Expense: $827.15
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Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: PITTSBURG
Purpose: 2003 DLC NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,131.20
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Traveler: Artur Davis (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: PITTSBURG, PA
Purpose: PANELIST PARTICIPANT AT THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION 3: ENTITLED "THE BLACK FAMILY BUILDING ON ITS RESILIENCE"
Date: Jul 28, 2003
Expense: $1,375.00
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Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: MILWAUKEE
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $846.45
source

Traveler: Joyce Postell (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $449.00
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Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SEATTLE URBAN LEAGUE EVENT
Date: May 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,320.00
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Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PANELIST AT THEIR 2004 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 23, 2004
Expense: $213.19
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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.