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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.

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.

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*

Pete Filon


Total cost of 10 trips: $13,501.78


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,714.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND INT'L CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.22
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONVENTION
Date: Mar 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,066.40
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONVENTION & INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,346.62
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO VIEW DEMO OF VOIP AND IPTV TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $474.21
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Dingell

Destination: DTW
Sponsor: Northwest Airlines Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL
Date: Apr 17, 2001
Expense: $643.50
source

Destination: DTW
Sponsor: Northwest Airlines Corporation
Purpose: REVIEW SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS AND OTHER PREPARATIONS FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW TERMINAL AT DTW
Date: Jan 28, 2002
Expense: $521.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: OREGON (VARIOUS SITES)
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SITE VISITS RE: TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,165.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CABLE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,650.75
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,515.08
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Pete Filon.


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.