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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*

Dana Johnson


Total cost of 10 trips: $18,966.28


Trips traveled under the office of Ric Keller

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $597.00
source

Destination: PBI
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE (80%) AND SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLORIDA (20%)
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP VISITING SUGARCANE FARMS AND FACILITIES
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.48
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Mchugh

Destination: GERMANY, BELGIUM, FRANCE
Sponsor: ASSOC. OF POSTAL SERVICE PROVIDERS: BUNDESVERBAND DER POSTDIENSHEISTER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING TOUR-POSTAL & REGULATORY ISSUES
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,720.00
source

Destination: VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT AND INDUSTRY PROJECTIONS RELATED TO U.S. NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,979.13
source

Destination: LAKE PLACID, NY
Sponsor: US Olympic Committee
Purpose: INSPECT OLYMPIC TRAINING FACILITY & EVENT VENUES
Date: Feb 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $118.00
source

Destination: SARANAC LAKE, NY & ALBANY, NY
Sponsor: Healthcare Association of New York State
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF RURAL & URBAN HOSPITAL FACILITIES.
Date: Aug 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $621.23
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN AND KENTING NATIONAL PARK, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE & THE OLYMPIC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (AN ENTITY OF NEW YORK STATE)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL INSPECTION OF OLYMPIC FACILITIES
Date: Jan 31, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $172.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: SAP America Inc
Purpose: DEMONSTRATIONS AND BRIEFINGS TO HIGHLIGHT EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND POTENTIAL APPLICATION FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND NATIONAL DEFENSE NEEDS.
Date: Jun 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,951.44
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dana Johnson.


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.