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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*

Rebekah Hamilton


Total cost of 10 trips: $11,273.71


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Johnson

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose:
Date: Sep 18, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $1,124.75
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: TO TOUR FACILITIES; LEARN ABOUT ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTING AND NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,341.56
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: PROVIDE A GRASS ROOTS VIEW OF KENTUCKY'S AGRICULTURE ARE FARMERS AND FARM PROBLEMS.
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: VISITED SUGAR RESEARCHERS, PRODUCERS, PROCESSING PLANT; EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: TO OBSERVE FIRST HAND THE OPERATIONS OF AN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: CLEWISTON AND BELLE GLADE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE & SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLOR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTIVATION, HARVESTING, PROCESSING, REFINING AND MARKETING OF SUGARCANE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $829.00
source

Destination: BIG BROWN & COMANCHE PECK
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: VISIT THEIR LIGNITE & NUCLEAR FACILITY SITES
Date: Apr 14, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,546.64
source

Destination: LUFKIN, TX
Sponsor: American Forest & Paper Association
Purpose: TO SEE, UNDERSTAND AND RELATE TO THE EAST TAXES FORESTRY INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $665.00
source

Destination: SEMINARS
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, AT&T, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, TELERAIN, VERISIGN, XO COMM & VSD
Purpose: TELECOM TECH POLICY LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $688.27
source

Destination: VISITED NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITY AND ENTERGY HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose:
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $936.77
source

Destination: PUBLIC ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL, AMERICAN YOUTHWORKS CHARTER SCHOOL; PROJECT BUSINESS PROGRAM
Sponsor: American Youth Policy Forum
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT EFFORTS IN TEXAS TO IMPROVE TRADITIONAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION AND OPTIONS FOR "AT PROMISE" YOUTH.
Date: Dec 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $764.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Rebekah Hamilton.


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.