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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

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Total cost of 10 trips: $4,653.75


Traveler: Lance Walker (from the office of Jeff Flake)
Destination: AIRLIE, A CONFERENCE CENTER IN WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS TO "KICK OFF" AN ONGOING CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA RELATED ISSUES. THE STAFF GROUP WAS BI-CAMERAL AND BI-PARTISAN
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $261.25
source

Traveler: Jennifer Keaton (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: THE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS ABOUT AFRICAN ISSUES INCLUDING HIV/AIDS, TRADE, AND SECURITY
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $562.50
source

Traveler: Jayme White (from the office of Jim Mcdermott)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT AFRICA
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $562.50
source

Traveler: Kira Maas (from the office of Silvestre Reyes)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $522.50
source

Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: FORUM
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $522.50
source

Traveler: Samantha Stockman (from the office of Frank Wolf)
Destination: AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $302.50
source

Traveler: Shannon Smith (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: AIRLIE, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Alexis Brandt (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $460.00
source

Traveler: Geoff Plague (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $460.00
source

Traveler: Bill Harper (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM RETREAT ON AFRICA
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
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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.