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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

University of Arkansas


Total cost of 9 trips: $6,811.31


Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER AT THE RURAL LIFE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $327.50
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Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER * 11TH ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE GALA
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
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Traveler: Brandon Mcbride (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: MONTICELLO, AR, PINE BLUFF, AR, STUTTGART, AR, CONWAY, AR, GRAVELTA, AR, ERYETTEVILLE
Purpose: TO VISIT AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE IN EACH COMMUNITY
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
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Traveler: Robert Holifield (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: ARKANSAS
Purpose: TOUR FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Andrew Grobmyer (from the office of Mark Pryor)
Destination: ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK, MONTICELLO, PINE BLUFF, STUTTGART, FAYETTEVILLE
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES AND THE UNIVERSITY'S DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Nathan Read (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: MONTICELLO, AR-FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ARKANSAS
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
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Traveler: Charlotte Shasteen (from the office of John Boozman)
Destination: LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRICULTURAL PROJECT IN ARKANSAS
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,403.18
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Traveler: James Savage (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: ARKANSAS
Purpose: TOUR OF AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS THAT RECEIVE PORTIONS OF THEIR FUNDING FROM FEDERAL SOURCES
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $822.01
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Traveler: Christopher Causey (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NORTHWEST REGIONAL AIRPORT (FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS)
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE EXTENSION SERVICE PROGRAMS. THESE FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS INCLUDE THE BEEF IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND THE FOOD SAFETY CONSORTIUM
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $680.58
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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.