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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

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    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*

William Koetzle


Total cost of 9 trips: $28,428.66


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination:
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 30, 2000
Expense: $3,132.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Railway Progress Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $851.75
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,725.00
source

Destination: ATTEND COOPERSTOWN CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND COOPERSTOWN CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $695.00
source

Destination: FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/INFORMATIONAL
Date: Mar 31, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,476.03
source

Destination: VISIT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT/HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER PLANT/ENERGY MEETINGS
Sponsor: Southern Co
Purpose: VISIT NUCLEAR & HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS/MEETINGS
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,464.60
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AMERICAN GAS ASSOC.; BE; NATIONAL OCEAN'S INDUSTRY ASSOC.
Purpose: ATTEND MEETINGS; INFORMATION
Date: Mar 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,300.00
source

Destination: JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $10,902.28
source

Destination: CHARLESTON
Sponsor: Santee Cooper
Purpose: SITE VISIT / TOUR
Date: Oct 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $882.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Koetzle.


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.