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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*

Beth Jafari


Total cost of 10 trips: $18,356.12


Trips traveled under the office of John Cornyn

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS. APPLIED MATERIALS, AGILENT-TECHNOLOGIES, HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SBC, SOLECTRON
Purpose: LEARN THE INNER WORKINGS OF HIGH TECH MANUFACTURING AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY ON THE U.S. ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE
Date: May 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.80
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THE CABLE INDUSTRY; ISSUES INCLUDE IP TELEPHONY, HIGH SPEED DATA, DVR, SVOD, HDTV, DEPLOYMENT IN RURAL AREAS, ETC
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,171.02
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES AT EACH STAGE OF THE EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION PROCESS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $792.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-AUSTIN-DALLAS
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS DELL; HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SOLECTRON, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT HI TECH MANUFACTURING THROUGH COMPANY AND SITE VISITS, PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,278.92
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $364.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE, ASHLAND INC., DEAN FOODS, FLOWSERVE, YELLOW ROADWAY, EXCEL
Purpose: COMPANY VISITS ILLUSTRATED THE IMPACT OF THE MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE WE DISCUSSED HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT THE MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORTATION SECTORS
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.66
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS AND THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: LONGBOAT KEY/SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO DISCUSS REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,845.80
source

Destination: HYDERABAD, INDIA AND DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Nasscom
Purpose: TO GIVE STAFF MEMBERS FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIAN IT INDUSTRY BY MEETING WITH KEY GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW U.S. POLICIES IMPACT THE COUNTRY
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,860.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: TO EDUCATE STAFF MEMBERS ABOUT THE ISSUES FACING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY (SPECIFICALLY RADIO) IN ANTICIPATION OF A REWRITE OF THE 1996 ACT. ISSUES INCLUDE BROADCAST INDECENCY, DTV TRANSITION, AND MEDIA OWNERSHIP
Date: May 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,153.42
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* - Trips by all travelers named Beth Jafari.


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.