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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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*

Ann Copland


Total cost of 7 trips: $16,180.50


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: THE FLORIDA LAW RELATED EDUCATION ASSOC. & JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
Purpose: US DELEGATION TO HUNGARY OF THE CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION CIVITAS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,615.00
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Destination: NY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Association of America's Public Television Stations (APTS)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS OF READY TO LEARN PRODUCERS AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL PUBLISHERS
Date: Jan 30, 2002
Expense: $470.00
source

Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: OBSERVE AND MEET WITH CIVITAS CLASSROOMS, TEACHERS AND STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.50
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Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND OVERSIGHT OF EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM FOR RUSSIAN EDUCATORS BY U.S. DEPT OF ED SPONSORED EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Dec 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $1,117.00
source

Destination: GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: Achievement Technologies Inc
Purpose: VISIT SCHOOLS, OBSERVE SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE IN USE BY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO SCHOOLS TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION, IN AND AROUND PRAGUE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC; VISIT W/ AMERICAN AMBASSADOR AND CZECH REPUBLIC EDUCATION MINIST
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,172.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN INFORMATIVE BRIEFINGS BY TAIWAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LOCAL OFFICIALS, AND CIVIC ENTITIES, WITH OTHER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $7,210.00
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* - Trips by all travelers named Ann Copland.


American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.