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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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Total cost of 15 trips: $104,455.00


Traveler: Amanda Pepper Scoggins (from the office of Richard Armey)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,070.00
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Traveler: Emelyn Faulkner (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,130.00
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Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,835.00
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Traveler: Adam Frey (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,300.00
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Traveler: Moses Mercado (from the office of Richard Gephardt)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,280.00
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Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: DOHA QATAR
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (11 days)
Expense: $6,510.00
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Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: DOHA QATAR
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT QATAR W/O FOLLOW UP
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
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Traveler: Missy Branson (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT QATAR'S GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
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Traveler: Lara Alamen (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: DONU, QATAR
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,650.00
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Traveler: Brian Sutter (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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Traveler: Edward Mills (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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Traveler: Matthew Larkin (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: LONDON, UK TO DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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Traveler: Chris Otillio (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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Traveler: Benjamin Zogby (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination: LONDON HEATHROW - DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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Traveler: Cookab Hashemi (from the office of Mark Udall)
Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH THE STATE OF QATAR
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
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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.