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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*

Deana Funderburk


Total cost of 10 trips: $27,150.74


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Delay

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $594.92
source

Destination: WASH, D.C.
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT JAPANESE GOVT.; REASONS FOR ITS 10 YR. ECONOMIC RECESSION & ITS IMPACT ON GLOBAL ECONOMY; & DIFFERENCE IN JAPANESE & U.S. FAMILY & SOCIAL POLICY
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,160.91
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,115.00
source

Destination: DRESDEN; GORLITZ; MEISSEN; BERLIN (GERMANY)
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: STUDY & INFORMATION TOUR OF GERMANY
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $2,250.00
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: TO DISCUSS RECENT POLLING DATA ON TRANS ATLANTIC ATTITUDES ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $381.42
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $784.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: Pitney Bowes Inc
Purpose: TO TOUR POSTAL PROCESSING PLANT IN SUGARLAND & LEARN ABOUT METHOD, EFFICIENCY, & DETAILS OF OPERATION OF POSTAL PLANT
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $643.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Virginia Foxx

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Career College Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOURS AND MEETINGS/BRIEFINGS AT 3 CAREER COLLEGES AND TO LEARN ABOUT FEDERAL LEGISLATION AFFECTING THEM.
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,271.90
source

Destination: BRUSSELS-PARIS
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, & NATO AND TO FOSTER TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS AND UNDERSTAND PROBLEMS THEY FACE
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,597.31
source

Destination: TEL AVIV AND JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,352.28
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Deana Funderburk.


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.