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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Trips by*

Melissa Bartlett


Total cost of 8 trips: $6,068.36


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: TRAVELED TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO VISIT BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.55
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Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CHA
Purpose: HEALTH STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $234.00
source

Destination: TRAVELED TO AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS MEDICAL FOUNDATION/AMERICAN HEALTH QUALITY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO VISIT WITH TEXAS QIO AND MEET WITH PROVIDERS USING QIO SERVICES
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $598.90
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Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING AND SITE VISIT
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,050.61
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Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: University of Virginia
Purpose: ATTEND A CONGRESSIONAL FAMILIARIZATION PROGRAM AT UVA REGARDING ISSUES PERTAINING TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND TEACHING HOSPITALS
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $277.05
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Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING NURSING HEALTHCARE QUALITY AT THE BEDSIDE "TRANSFORMING CARE AT THE BEDSIDE" PROGRAM
Date: Aug 11, 2005
Expense: $480.34
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Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO AMGEN, MEDTRONIC, AND UCLA TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF BIOMEDICAL R&D AND MANUFACTURING AND HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,973.91
source

Destination: CHANTILLY, VA
Sponsor: QUEST DIAGNOSTICS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT AND TOUR OF QUEST DIAGNOSTICS NICHOLS INSTITUTE, CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA
Date: Aug 31, 2005
Expense: $48.00
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* - Trips by all travelers named Melissa Bartlett.


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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.