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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*

Brandon Heiner


Total cost of 8 trips: $11,837.68


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Craig

Destination: OMAHA NE
Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha Companies
Purpose: MUTUAL OF OMAHA SEMINARS OF HEALTH INSURANCE & PRESCRIPTION DRUG
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $845.06
source


Trips traveled under the office of C.L. Otter

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,295.91
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING/TOUR OF FACILITIES
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,317.28
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA - SAN DIEGO, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,175.20
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Date: Jun 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $850.58
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - BOISE, ID
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,885.95
source

Destination: SARASOTA, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING/EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,609.70
source

Destination: BOISE, ID - SAN DIEGO, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: EDUCATION FORUM ON POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,858.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brandon Heiner.


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.