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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

  • 08.29.14

    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*

Janine Benner


Total cost of 7 trips: $9,972.66


Trips traveled under the office of Earl Blumenauer

Destination:
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ABOUT YUCCA MTN, NV
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,395.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: EDUCATION ABOUT FOREST HEALTH
Date: May 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,117.50
source

Destination: BOZEMAN, MT. DRIVE TO WEST YELLOWSTONE.
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR TO YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM TO VIEW DAMAGES TO VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE DONE BY LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,172.52
source

Destination: ST LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING AT THE NATIONAL CORPS (OF ENGINEERS) REFORM NETWORK'S ANNUAL MEETING AND VISIT TO CORPS PROJECTS ON MISSOURI RIVER
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $399.50
source

Destination: FAIRBANKS, AK BEAVER, ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE KAKTORIK, FAIRBANKS
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTHJUSTIC, NRDC, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, WWF
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING ENERGY AND WILDLIFE ISSUES
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,056.66
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: A COURSE WITH A SERIES OF LECTURES BY PROFESSORS FROM HARVARD AND OTHER UNIVERSITIES ON ISSUES AFFECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.00
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Organization for Tropical Studies
Purpose: U.S. DECISION-MAKERS COURSE ON ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL FACTORS SHAPING RESOURCE USE AND CONSERVATION IN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,295.78
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Janine Benner.


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.