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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*

Brian Diffell


Total cost of 12 trips: $48,544.73


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: REPUPBLIC OF KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,883.53
source

Destination: MALAYSIA
Sponsor: US-Malaysia Exchange Association
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,266.77
source

Destination: GENEVA
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AT WTO
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,420.00
source

Destination: MUNICH - BRUSSELS - BERLIN
Sponsor: Hanns Seidel Foundation
Purpose: TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONS STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,187.84
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: STUDYING BILATERAL RELATIONS & ISSUES FACING THE U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONSHIP - STAFF DELEGATION.
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: NY - JERUSALEM
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,582.81
source

Destination: ST LOUIS-BANGKOK-PHNAM PANH-WASH, DC
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: TRADE DISCUSSIONS (FTA THAILAND, WTO CAMBODIA)
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Destination: PANAMA CITY
Sponsor: US Panama Business Council
Purpose: U.S.-PANAMA FTA-TRADE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,558.75
source

Destination: BERLIN-HEIDELBERG-STATTGERT GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC DIALOGUE / CONGRESSIONAL STUDY TOUR
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,855.99
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EU PARLIAMENT STAFF LEG 1 OF STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM W/ EU PARLIAMENT
Date: Apr 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,090.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: American-Turkish Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON TRANSATLANTIC AFFAIRS, MIDDLE EAST POLICY ISSUES, INTERNAL TURKISH AFFAIRS
Date: Aug 13, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $7,511.92
source

Destination: HYDERABAD, INDIA TO MUMBAI, INDIA TO DEHLI, INDIA
Sponsor: Nasscom
Purpose: TO GIVE STAFF MEMBERS FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIAN IT INDUSTRY BY MEETING WITH KEY GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS, VISITING A CALL CENTER, AND TRAVELING IN INDIA GETTING TO KNOW HOW U.S. POLICIES IMPACT THE CULTURE AND PEOPLE
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,789.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Diffell.


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.