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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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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*

Kevin Fitzpatrick


Total cost of 12 trips: $44,360.70


Trips traveled under the office of Steve Chabot

Destination: MEETINGS: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE; US EMBASSY; US 8TH ARMY HQ; UN COMMAND; DMZ; NATIONAL ASSEMBLY; YOSEI UNIVERSITY; INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY; AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; KOREA FOUNDATION
Sponsor: Republic of Korea
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: May 26, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $4,825.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN AND JAPAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN INTL INTER-PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON ASIAN-PACIFIC SECURITY AND MEET WITH TAIWANESE OFFICIALS INCLUDING PRESIDENT, VP, PREMIER, FOREIGN MINISTER AND LEGISLATORS, AND TO MEET WITH JAPANESE MINISTERS AND LEGISLATORS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,220.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT TO UNITED NATIONS
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $706.40
source

Destination: Taiwan
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: To participate in meetings with Taiwan government officials, office of the President, National Security Council, Mainland Affairs Office, Foreign and Health Ministry, ect.,
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,050.00
source

Destination: Washington, Taipei, Washington
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: Attend Int'l Interparlimentary conference on Asia Pacific Security, meet with the President, Vice President, foreign minister and legislators
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Destination: Washington D.C, New York, NY, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: Meetings with United Nations officials
Date: May 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $835.90
source

Destination: Washington D.C., Taipei, Washington D.C.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: Meeting with President, Vice President, Foreign Affairs Minister, President of Legislative Yuan, Chairman of Mainland Affairs Council, Members of Legislative, American Institute in Taiwan
Date: May 24, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,190.00
source

Destination: D.C., Seoul Korea, D.C.
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: Meeting with National Security Advisor & Defense Advisor to the President, Members of the National Assembly, US Ambassador to Rok, USAF-Korea
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,742.20
source

Destination: D.C.; Chicago, IL; D.C.
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: Attend 2004 International Manufacturing Technology show
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $811.60
source

Destination: D.C.; Taipei; D.C.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: Meet with government officials, observe parlimentary elections
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,200.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: MEET WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BUSINESS LEADERS, TOUR ANTIQUITY SITES, US AID PROJECTS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,793.15
source

Destination: SERBIA, MACEDONIA, KOSOVO, MONTENEGRO
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: MEET WITH GOV'T OFFICIALS, USAID, UN MILITARY COMMAND, NGO'S, BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES, PARLIAMENTARIANS
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $6,336.45
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kevin Fitzpatrick.


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.