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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.

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.

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*

Kyle Gilster


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,506.47


Trips traveled under the office of Doug Bereuter

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM FRANKFORT, GERMANY
Sponsor: GERMAN MARSHALL FUND - PAID FOR AIRFARE; EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PAID FOR MEALS, LODGING, AND IN-COUNTRY-TRANSPORT
Purpose: STUDY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK
Date: Jan 8, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,511.92
source


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE WINTER CONFERENCE-I PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,527.60
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: STUDY THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,635.49
source

Destination: TOUR FIRST DATA RESOURCES FACILITY AND BRIEFED ON THEIR OPERATIONS
Sponsor: First Data Corporation
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT A COMPANY WHICH IS RELEVANT TO MY WORK ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WORKING WITH MR. BEREUTOR
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $463.50
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: EDUCATION ON HOW THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM WORKS
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,315.44
source

Destination: TOURED RURAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
Sponsor: Housing Assistance Council
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT USDA HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Feb 20, 2004
Expense: $61.52
source

Destination: TOUR OF AMERICAN INDIAN RESERVATIONS IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Sponsor: National American Indian Housing Council
Purpose: TO REVIEW THE CONDITION OF AMERICAN INDIAN HOUSING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $991.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kyle Gilster.


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.