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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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  • 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*

Elizabeth Fowler


Total cost of 17 trips: $30,656.18


Trips traveled under the office of Max Baucus

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Medco Health Solutions Inc
Purpose: VISIT THE MERCK-MEDCO PBM FACILITY ON A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,148.18
source

Destination: IRVINE, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Irvine
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION ON MEDICARE AT A HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Purpose: SPEAK TO CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ON 5/31/02
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN GERENTOLOGICAL ASSN AND THE NAT'L COMMITTEE
Date: Nov 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $360.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: MILBANK MEMORIAL FUND
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DINNER MEETING OF STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination: NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson
Purpose: SPEAK ON A PANEL OF CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO J & J EXECUTIVES AT ALL-DAY SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $630.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: RETREAT FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH STAFF
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: WICHITA, KS & KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: UNIV. OF KS MEDICAL CENTER
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH FOR DEPT. OF HEALTH POLICY & MGMT
Date: Apr 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $695.00
source

Destination: GHANA
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON FAMILY PLANNING AND HEALTH CLINICS IN GHANA
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,690.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Preston Gates & Ellis
Purpose: SPEAK ON A PANEL OF HEALTHCARE EXPERTS ON THE MEDICARE BILL
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Irvine
Purpose: SPEAK ON A PANEL FEB 19
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: TOPEHA, KANSAS
Sponsor: Kansas Health Foundation
Purpose: PRESENT DETAILS OF THE MEDICARE BILL TO KANSAS LEGISLATURE AND OTHER INTERESTED GROUP
Date: Mar 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $755.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Federation of American Hospitals
Purpose: EXPLORE MEDICARE PAYMENT ISSUES AFFECTING HOSPITALS IN PUERTO RICO
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,580.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT, INCLUDING MEETINGS WITH CHINESE HEALTH OFFICIALS
Date: May 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE, SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: INDIA (DELHI, KOLKUTA, CHENNAI)
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO EXPLORE ISSUES RELATED TO INDIA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TRADE POLICY, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTIONS
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,273.00
source

Destination: HELENA, MT
Sponsor: NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL
Purpose: PRESENTATION AT A CONFERENCE FOR NAMI MEMBERS AND STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ON THE MEDICARE DRUG BENEFIT
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Elizabeth Fowler.


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.