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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*

Wallace Hsueh


Total cost of 13 trips: $19,476.08


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT & FACILITY TOUR
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.15
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR TO SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP REGARDING THE STATE OF THE REAL INDUSTRY
Date: May 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,921.02
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Oregon Association of Nurseries
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF OREGON NURSERY & CHRISTMAS TREE PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,926.18
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: CMS Energy Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PIPELINE SAFETY TOUR IN MICHIGAN
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $910.75
source

Destination: DULLES, VA - LOS ANGELES, CA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: MEETINGS AND SITE TOUR OF AOL TIME WARNER COMPANY FACILITIES & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,477.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: MICROSOFT/COLUMBIA RESOURCE GROUP
Purpose: MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP LAUNCH
Date: Oct 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $947.31
source

Destination: BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: MEETINGS & FACT-FINDING AT ESPN HEADQUARTERS
Date: Jan 25, 2002
Expense: $571.32
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: BRIEFINGS & MEETINGS WITH RECORDING INDUSTRY & ARTISTS REGARDING THE "STATE OF THE INDUSTRY"
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SEMINAR
Date: Jun 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,074.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,790.98
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Motion Picture Association of America
Purpose: VISIT STUDIOS TO DISCUSS PIRACY ISSUES & TO UNDERSTAND MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,332.87
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,148.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,629.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Wallace Hsueh.


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.