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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*

John Gilliland


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,286.77


Trips traveled under the office of Max Baucus

Destination: PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: SOUTHERN PEANUT GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK ON TRADE ISSUES AT MEETING OF SOUTHEASTERN PEANUT GROWERS
Date: Jul 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: BLAINE, WA (USA)
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEAK AT 2003 SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM HELD BY U.S. SWEETENER INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,837.55
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA; ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Sponsor: US-Russia Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP & TO DISCUSS TRADE ISSUES
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,349.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: CHINA (BEIJING & SHANGHAI)
Sponsor: Mansfield Foundation
Purpose: TO MEET W/CHINESE OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS BILATERAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,740.51
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Universal Leaf Tobacco Co
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, TOUR OF A LEAF PROCESSING FACILITY
Date: Aug 27, 2004
Expense: $440.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Destination: CHILE
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF CHILE
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,208.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: SPEAK TO NATIONAL GATHERING OF COTTON PRODUCERS REGARDING THE FARM BILL
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Destination: MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR (FACT-FINDING) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CORN PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $990.62
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Purpose: TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF COTTON WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA REGARDING FARM LEGISLATION
Date: Dec 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $588.00
source

Destination: KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Goldman Sachs Group
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN BAR ASSOC CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,733.09
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Gilliland.


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.