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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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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

Ploughshares Fund


Total cost of 29 trips: $7,433.28


Traveler: Brian Moran (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ARMS CONTROL ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $263.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Mcglinchey (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ARMS CONTROL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $260.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Kaufer (from the office of Bill Luther)
Destination: COOLFONT, BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL RETREAT
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $263.20
source

Traveler: Stacey Leavandosky (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $263.20
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Traveler: Richard Fieldhouse (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BERKLEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $116.60
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Traveler: Daniel Mcglinchey (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: COOLFONT CONFERENCE CENTER (BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ARMS CONTROL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $212.48
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Traveler: Katherine Kaufer (from the office of Bill Luther)
Destination:
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $318.72
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Traveler: John Doty (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: COOLFONT, VA
Purpose: DEFENSE ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $318.72
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Traveler: Marie Rietmann (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: EDUCATION OF LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY
Date: Jan 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $318.72
source

Traveler: John Doty (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: COOLFONT, WV
Purpose: DEFENSE ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $230.76
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Traveler: Stacey Leavandosky (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF 2003 ARMS CONTROL ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
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Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $319.76
source

Traveler: Arun Ivatury (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: COOLFONT RESORT, BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ARMS CONTROL COALITION ANNUAL RETREAT: EDUCATION ON SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $230.76
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Traveler: Michael Mccord (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS WV
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON ARMS CONTROL AND DEFENSE ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
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Traveler: Laurie Heim (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR ON ARMS CONTROL AND DEFENSE POLICY FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF AND NGOS
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $328.00
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Traveler: Bruno Freitas (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BERKLEY SPINGS, WV
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF 2003 ARMS CONTROL ISSUE
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
source

Traveler: Michal Freedhorr (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ARMS CONTROL & NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $329.96
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Traveler: Michal Freedhoff (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WVA
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $329.96
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Traveler: Mara Dowdall (from the office of Lloyd Doggett)
Destination: 2003 ANNUAL ARMS CONTRAL RETREAT; BERKELY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF 2003 ARMS CONTROL ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
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Traveler: Madelyn Creedon (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BERKLEY SPRINGS WEST VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT A NONPROLIFERATION AND DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $151.00
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Traveler: Richard Fieldhouse (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $165.00
source

Traveler: Todd Stein (from the office of Thomas Allen)
Destination: CONFERENCE AT SINGLE SITE
Purpose: 2003 ANNUAL ARMS CONTROL RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $164.98
source

Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source

Traveler: Edward Steiner (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $331.84
source

Traveler: Richard Fieldhouse (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $181.00
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Traveler: Michael Mccord (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON VA
Purpose: ATTEND PEACE AND SECURITY LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $272.00
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Traveler: Laurie Heim (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: ATTEND PEACE & SECURITY LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $362.00
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Traveler: Jeffrey Duncan (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND WORKING GROUP MEETINGS AT THE PEACE AND SECURITY LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $362.00
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Traveler: Ven Neralla (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $181.00
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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.