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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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    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*

Frederick Downey


Total cost of 9 trips: $15,311.05


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Lieberman

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $231.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Destination: AERLIE HOUSE, WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND THE DLC SENATE STAFF RETREAT OF DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: LATVIA, ROMANIA, BULGARIA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: ADDRESS ISSUES RELATING TO NATO ENLARGEMENT AND ACCESS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THESE CANDIDATES
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,924.80
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DLC 2004 LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.73
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP ON MISSILE DEFENSE CONDUCTED BY THE POTOMAC FOUNDATION, THE INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSIS, AND THE FRENCH FORUM OF THE FUTURE
Date: Apr 2, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,761.22
source

Destination: IRAQ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-TO OBSERVE US CIVIL AND MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,084.70
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A MULTINATIONAL CONFERENCES ON TRANS ATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,622.12
source

Destination: WARSAW POLAND
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE ON NETWORK CENTERS WARFARE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,990.58
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Frederick Downey.


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.