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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*

Jeff Donarski


Total cost of 9 trips: $18,624.65


Trips traveled under the office of Xavier Becerra

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AT CSHS
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,862.40
source

Destination: PASADENA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NHPF LOS ANGELES MANAGED CARE SITE VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $691.39
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Environment Industry Association
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT DISCUSSING FEDERAL TAX POLICY AT WASTEEXPO 2002
Date: May 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $882.92
source

Destination: GREATER SAN DIEGO/LA JOLLA REGION
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: VISIT PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES AND ATTEND POLICY LECTURES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,963.24
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Annie E Casey Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, LBJ SCHOOL ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR FAMILIES LIVING NEAR THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $696.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE BOND MARKETS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $705.70
source

Destination: THE NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM AND THE HAGUE)-BELGIUM (BRUSSELS)-POLAND (WARSAW)
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: THE TRIP WAS A FACT-FINDING TRIP INCLUDING A NUMBER OF MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BRIEFINGS ON TAX-RELATED ISSUES
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $8,303.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Lafalce

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,565.00
source

Destination: BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Council on Germany
Purpose: 22ND AMERICAN-GERMAN YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,955.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeff Donarski.


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.