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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*

Charles Cooke


Total cost of 10 trips: $17,483.61


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Sponsor: East Tennessee Economic Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR, EDUCATION ON OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY ISSUES
Date: Jul 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $323.04
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO ACCOMPLISH BRIEFINGS BY THE NATIONAL GRID USA AND ITS BRITISH PARENT TO REVIEW THE BENEFITS OF INDEPENDENT TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND INCENTIVE REGULATION, ADVANCEMENTS IN ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION R&D, D
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,529.41
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: NATIONAL OCEAN INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TOURED EXXON-MOBIL'S HOOVER/DIANA OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION PLATFORM AND RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON THE COMPANY'S DEEPWATER EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION PROGRAM, ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND SAFETY PROGRAMS. DISCUSSED R&D NEEDS AND ACTIVITIES
Date: Dec 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $768.81
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ralph Hall

Destination: SEOUL, KOREA, NANA, JAPAN
Sponsor: Asan Foundation
Purpose: TO BECOME MORE FAMILIAR WITH SOUTH KOREA AND THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCREASED U.S.-KOREAN TRADE AND BETTER TRADE RELATIONS.
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $6,689.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: FAMILIARIZATION WITH THE COMPANY UTILITY RESTRUCTURING AND ISSUES AFFECTING NUCLEAR POWER.
Date: May 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $913.96
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO RECEIVE BRIEFING AND TOURS OF GENERAL ATOMICS' FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES IN FUSION SCIENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS OTHER GENERAL ATOMICS PROGRAMS.
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,319.37
source

Destination: DADE AND BROWARD COUNTIES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Integrated Waste Services Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A TOUR ON WASTE-TO-ENERGY AND RECYCLING FACILITIES AS WELL AS MEET WITH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE SOLID WASTE INDUSTRY.
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,601.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: TEXAS CONSERVATIVE FORUM
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONGRESSMAN HALL IN A PANEL DISCUSSION BEFORE THE TEXAS CONSERVATIVE FORUM ON THE OUTLOOK FOR ENERGY LEGISLATION.
Date: Sep 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $790.11
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-JEKYLL ISLAND, GA
Sponsor: Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT AND MAYOR'S SUMMIT OF THE MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITY OF GEORGIA (MEAG) ON ELECTRIC RESTRUCTURING, ENERGY POLICY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SOUND SCIENCE IN FORMING ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGU
Date: Nov 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $725.71
source

Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $822.60
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Charles Cooke.


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.