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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

  • 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*

Theresa Lavery


Total cost of 11 trips: $13,040.08


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: YUCCA MTN.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN BY DOE
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: TOUR COAL PLANT & NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
Date: Apr 6, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,101.59
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON CABLE ISSUES AND VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL.
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,177.40
source

Destination: GILLETTE, WY
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: NATURAL GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION FIELD TRIP.
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $882.85
source

Destination: NY LAGUARDIA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CABLE FACILITIES VISIT AND INFORMATIONAL DISCUSSION ABOUT 1996 TELECOM ACT POSSIBLE REWRITE AND CABLE INDUSTRY ISSUES.
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,374.69
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: LEVEL (3) COMMUNICATIONS, VONAGE, INTRADO
Purpose: TOURS AND DISCUSSIONS ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT REWRITE, AND SPECIFICALLY VOTP TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $794.75
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, TX TO D/FW AIRPORT
Sponsor: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport International Airport
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TOUR OF NEW TERMINAL
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.73
source

Destination: D.C. TO LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: SATELLITE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TOUR OF SATELLITE FACILITIES DURING THEIR CONFERENCE. EDUCATION OF SATELLITE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $607.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA RIVERSIDE, CA FLIGHT TO LAS VEGAS, RETURN FROM LAS VEGAS TO D.C.
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR EDUCATION ON ENERGY ISSUES WITH FOCUS ON PUBLIC POWER
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,695.19
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DALLAS/FT. WORTH ROUNDTRIP
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: 3-DAY TRIP (JULY 6-8) TO VISIT VARIOUS MANUFACTURERS' FACILITIES, AND TO DISCUSS FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECTING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $1,421.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - ANCHORAGE, AK; ANCHORAGE TO DILLINGHAM, AK AND TOGIAK, AK
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: RURAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SITE VISIT
Date: Aug 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,234.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Theresa Lavery.


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.