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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*

James French


Total cost of 18 trips: $22,416.35


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Berman

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,977.77
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Echostar Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $798.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO SAN FRANCISCO AND BACK
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKER ON A PANEL AT NAB CONVENTION
Date: Sep 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Association of Local Television Stations
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL, VISIT TRADE SHOW, LEARN ABOUT LOCAL T.V. INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Genentech Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; TO LEARN ABOUT GENE PATIENTS
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,225.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA TO LOS ANGELES, CA TO MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, TO D.C.
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,475.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,150.00
source

Destination: NEMACOLLIN IN FARMINGTON PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: SPEAK ON CONFERENCE PANEL RE: DIGITAL MUSIC LEGISL
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $635.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 5, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,012.00
source

Destination: L.A.
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,058.00
source

Destination: D.C. TO LAS VEGAS, LAS VEGAS TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Copyright Society of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: ASPEN CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,000.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,504.33
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Toy Industry Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law
Purpose: SPEAKING ON A PANEL REGARDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Date: Mar 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $399.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University
Purpose: SPEAKING ON PANEL AT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $936.00
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKING ON A PANEL
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,766.25
source



* - Trips by all travelers named James French.


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.