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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*

Christopher Fish


Total cost of 6 trips: $8,377.90


Trips traveled under the office of John Sweeney

Destination: MIAMI FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: INTRODUCT MYSELF (NEWSTAFFER) TO THE INTER AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL REVIEW US/CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICA TRADE/TOURISM ISSUES STRENETREN RELATIONSHIPS REVIEW VIABLE SOLUTIONS
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUES FACING OUR NATION
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,141.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE CHIEF OF STAFF BICAMERAL RETREAT DISCUSS/REVIEW 2005 POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: BELIZE
Sponsor: Wildlife Conservation Society
Purpose: TOUR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY CONSERVATION PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS CONGRESSMAN SWEENEY IS A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION CAUCUS
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: WILLIAMS PYRO INC. FLOWSERVE CORP EXXON MOBIL CORP TEXAS INSTRUMENT ORTHOFIX INC. EDS
Purpose: ATTEND TWO DAYS OF A THREE DAY FORUM FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO SEE FIRST HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. ALSO TO DISCUSS FEDERAL POLICIES AND ITS EFFECTS ON MANUFACTURING
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $994.85
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL DISCUSSION. PROVIDED CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY IN WASHINGTON
Date: Jul 24, 2005
Expense: $553.90
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher Fish.


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.