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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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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

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Trips sponsored by

Tax Coalition


Total cost of 54 trips: $37,509.30


Traveler: Maria Freese (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $837.09
source

Traveler: Jane Greaves (from the office of John Lewis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $717.95
source

Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTEND AND ADDRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $717.95
source

Traveler: Barbara Pate (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA-TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Purpose: ATTENDED AND MADE PRESENTATION TO THE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $717.95
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Traveler: Andrea Salinas (from the office of Fortney Stark)
Destination: 3 DAYS OF ISSUE PANELS & SPEAKERS @ THE HOMESTEAD
Purpose: TO ATTEND ISSUE PANELS AND MAKE PRESENTATION ON ONE PANEL
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $450.00
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Traveler: Melissa Mueller (from the office of Lloyd Doggett)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TAX & LEGISLATIVE SEMINARS
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $837.09
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Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: A SPEECH
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $358.06
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Traveler: Elizabeth Nicolson (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TAX ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $490.98
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Traveler: Jeanette Forcash (from the office of Jerry Weller)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA THE HOMESTEAD
Purpose: TAX SEMINAR
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $465.89
source

Traveler: Barbara Pate (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: SPOKE ON PANEL ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS; ATTENDED OTHER PANELS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $56.24
source

Traveler: Cary Pugh (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOMESTEAD, VA
Purpose: ATTEND ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $738.99
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Traveler: Maria Freese (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOMESTEAD, VA
Purpose: ATTEND ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $857.05
source

Traveler: Allison Giles (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: APRIL 19-22, 2001 CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEECH TO TAX COALITION; ATTENDED CONFERENCE SESSIONS REGARDING COMMITTEE ISSUES
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,093.27
source

Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTEND & SPEAK AT ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $969.14
source

Traveler: Melissa Mueller (from the office of Lloyd Doggett)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TAX & LEGISLATIVE SEMINARS
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $800.00
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Traveler: Joyce Meyer (from the office of Paul Ryan)
Destination: APRIL 19-22, 2001
Purpose: TAX & LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $524.77
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Traveler: Jane Greaves (from the office of John Lewis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE TAX COALITION ISSUE FORUM
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $524.77
source

Traveler: Maria Freese (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT THE ANNUAL TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $852.00
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Traveler: Melissa Mueller (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: WARM SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON TAX ISSUES
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $852.00
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Traveler: Kristin Woody (from the office of Robert Matsui)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-HOMESTEAD INN IN HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: I WAS A SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM ON FEDERAL TAX LAW
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $852.00
source

Traveler: Janice Mays (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, WV
Purpose: ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $996.00
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Traveler: Carolyn Smith (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $204.00
source

Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: SPEAK AT AND ATTEND ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $568.00
source

Traveler: Lindy Paull (from the office of Bob Etheridge)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA, HOMESTEAD
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT FRIDAY EVENING DINNER, APRIL 5, 2002
Date: Apr 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $346.93
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Traveler: Benjamin Cardin (from the office of Benjamin Cardin)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE TAX COALITION ANNUAL FORUM
Date: Apr 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $856.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Wolski (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $710.00
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Traveler: Tara Zimmerman (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: MEETINGS APRIL 25-26
Purpose: TAX CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $440.00
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Traveler: Carolyn Smith (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $250.00
source

Traveler: Pamela Moomau (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: HOMESTEAD HOTEL; HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTEND ISSUES FORUM; SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $975.00
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Traveler: Nikole Flax (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: MEETINGS APRIL 25-26
Purpose: ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $440.00
source

Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: SPEAK AT AND ATTEND CONFERENCE ON TAX POLICY
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $957.00
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Traveler: Barbara Pate (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $957.00
source

Traveler: Greg Nickerson (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON PANEL REGARDING ENERGY TAX ISSUES
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $957.00
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Traveler: Tara Zimmerman (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $957.00
source

Traveler: Dean Rosen (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: KINGSMILL RESORT, WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN "TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM"
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $265.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Nicolson (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON TAX LEGISLATION ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $638.00
source

Traveler: Joanna Foust (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: TAX ISSUES FORUM-SEMINAR ON TAX ISSUES BEFORE THE CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $638.00
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Traveler: Margit Toth (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS OF CURRENT TAX POLICY INITIATIVES
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $319.00
source

Traveler: Kathleen Black (from the office of Sam Johnson)
Destination: KINGSMILL RESORT (WILLIAMSBURG, VA)
Purpose: ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $638.00
source

Traveler: Bob Winters (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON PANEL REGARDING HEALTH AND OTHER TAX ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2004
Expense: $319.00
source

Traveler: Gretchen Sierra (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO WILLIAMSBURG VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $638.00
source

Traveler: Nikole Flax (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG
Purpose: TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $319.00
source

Traveler: Patricia Mcdermott (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: SPEAKING ON PANEL ABOUT CURRENT PENSION ISSUES AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $346.12
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Traveler: Lisa Wolski (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN A TAX LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,057.59
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Traveler: Kathleen Kerrigan (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BUDGET, TAX, AND SOCIAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $805.00
source

Traveler: Melissa Mueller (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: TAX CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,057.59
source

Traveler: Kathleen Black (from the office of Sam Johnson)
Destination: TIDES INN, IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM: SPOKE ON TWO PANELS, ATTENDED OTHERS
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.29
source

Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON TAX POLICY
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,057.59
source

Traveler: Janice Mays (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS OF TAX ISSUES FOR YEAR 2005 TO 2006
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $987.00
source

Traveler: Patricia Mcdermott (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: WASHINGTON-IRVINGTON, VA-FREDERICKSBURG, VA
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE RELATING TO CURRENT TAX ISSUES
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $655.06
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Traveler: Elizabeth Nicolson (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: 2005 ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $812.56
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Coffin (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: ANNUAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,282.29
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Traveler: Margit Archer (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN TAX COALITION ISSUES FORUM INCLUDING PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON VARIOUS TAX POLICY MATTERS
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $410.03
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Traveler: Pamela Moomau (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: D.C.-TIDES INN IN IRVINGTON, VA
Purpose: ATTEND ISSUES FORUM; PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON TAX REFORM
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $655.06
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.