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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*

Eric Johnson


Total cost of 13 trips: $52,864.30


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Wexler

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,430.80
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,305.00
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US-TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,233.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,639.20
source

Destination: SYRIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $7,362.39
source

Destination: NORTHERN CYPRUS/ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Turkish Cypriot History Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,254.24
source

Destination: JAKARTA, YOGYAKARTA & BALI
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 18, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,425.00
source

Destination: MEINZ, BAMBERG, BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM-BELGIUM
Sponsor: NETHERLANDS ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,590.17
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA-NANJING, CHINA-SHANGHAI, CHINA
Sponsor: CASI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN & CHINA CONTACT FRIENDLY ASSOC.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,258.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Eric 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.