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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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  • 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.

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 by*

Robert Cochran


Total cost of 20 trips: $63,336.49


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Mckeon

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO HUNTINGTON BEACH TO SEAL BEACH
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: TOUR AND BRIEFING OF SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $419.71
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TOUR HI-TECH COMPANIES
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $779.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE STUDENT AID CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,584.69
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES PANEL
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $232.84
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.51
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Association of Proprietary Colleges
Purpose: TOUR OF COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,303.30
source

Destination: LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: SPEECH TO FINANCIAL AID DIRECTORS
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $731.90
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $612.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,090.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA TO NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Wachovia Bank
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,737.42
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY-ANKARA, TURKEY-ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH TURKISH AND ITALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS, AND U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS DEFENSE ISSUES AND THE ROLE OF U.S. BASED CONTRACTORS IN THOSE COUNTRIES
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $17,222.10
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: NATIONAL COUNCIL OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN PROFESSIONALS
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: May 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $552.45
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $595.00
source

Destination: ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Association of Cosmetology Schools
Purpose: SPEAK ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $243.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: SPEAK ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Nov 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $672.74
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN JOSE CABO, MEXICO-NORFOLK, VA
Sponsor: Career College Association
Purpose: SPEAKER ON HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,367.37
source

Destination: NORFOLK, VA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Workforce Association (NWA)
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Dec 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,257.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: DISCUSS HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $930.00
source

Destination: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA TO CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA, TO CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO MEET AND DISCUSS UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ISSUES WITH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEETINGS WITH U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $28,446.36
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Robert Cochran.


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.