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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

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    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*

Courtney Anderson


Total cost of 20 trips: $28,604.12


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Brownback

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $933.43
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Shimkus

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: Ethyl Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $501.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY-CHASE MANHATTAN BANK & GOLDMAN SACH'S BANK
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 7, 2000
Expense: $271.50
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL; HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: ABC CHARTERS INC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $887.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, NYC
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $851.00
source

Destination: REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
Sponsor: Thabet Group
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,453.00
source

Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,208.40
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.15
source

Destination: DURHAM, N.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.71
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $910.42
source

Destination: TALLIN, ESTONIA AND RIGA, LATVIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,500.42
source

Destination: BRUSSELLS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,800.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.84
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,394.31
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,005.51
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,214.88
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,546.97
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,677.33
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Courtney Anderson.


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.