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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*

Stephen Bailey


Total cost of 11 trips: $35,188.54


Trips traveled under the office of Kent Conrad

Destination: IRELAND, BELGIUM, ITALY
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: 2001 EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL TAX ROUNDTABLE
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,260.00
source

Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,111.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH INSURANCE INDUSTRY LEADERS AND THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: PRESENTATION AT TAXATION COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Date: Nov 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $781.64
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY GENEVA, SWITZERLAND LONDON, UK
Sponsor: TAX FOUNDATION AND ORGANIZATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Purpose: EUROPEAN TAX ROUNDTABLE
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,233.00
source

Destination: NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, POLAND
Sponsor: TAX FOUNDATION, ORGANIZATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EU TAX AND TRADE OFFICIALS AND VISITING US COMPANY FACILITIES IN EUROPE
Date: May 23, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,315.00
source

Destination: OMAHA, NEBRASKA
Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha Companies
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH MUTUAL OF OMAHA EXECUTIVES AND STAFF ON LIFE INSURANCE ISSUES
Date: Jun 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $712.09
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE INDUSTRY'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW AND DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES OF THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT LEGISLATION AFFECTING TARIFFS, TAXES, AND IMMIGRATION
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $926.77
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Wall Street Tax Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL PRESENTING THE 2005 TAX LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK TO AN AUDIENCE OF WALL STREET AND FINANCIAL SERVICES PROFESSIONALS
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $625.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 2005 GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TAX AND RETIREMENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,538.04
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Stephen Bailey.


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.