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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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  • 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*

Howard Diamond


Total cost of 13 trips: $48,681.87


Trips traveled under the office of Gary Ackerman

Destination: YEMEN
Sponsor: Thabet Group
Purpose: STUDY VISIT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,055.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: STUDY VISIT
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $3,135.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: State of Qatar
Purpose: CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,835.00
source

Destination: SYRIA, SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $4,703.17
source

Destination: MEETINGS IN CAIRO, ONE DAY IN LUXOR AT US AID SITE
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
source

Destination: LEBANON AND SYRIA
Sponsor: American Task Force for Lebanon
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 9, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,668.25
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING (WITH MEMBER)
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,437.00
source

Destination: BERLIN
Sponsor: Stanley Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,888.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: Turkish-American Business Forum Inc
Purpose: EDUCATION & CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $4,580.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: TRAVEL WITH MEMBER
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $3,720.00
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $6,617.00
source

Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $1,775.45
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Howard Diamond.


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.