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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*

Russell Middleton


Total cost of 16 trips: $17,151.60


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RURAL ELECTRIC COOPS.
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: LUBBOCK, TX & PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: INDUSTRY ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, TULARE, AND VISALIA CA
Sponsor: Valley Farm Credit
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AGRICULTURE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CA
Date: Aug 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,299.32
source

Destination: TULSA, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Sponsor: WICHITA FARM CREDIT
Purpose: TOUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY OF EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
Date: Aug 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $889.00
source

Destination: THIBODAUX & NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: STUDY SUGAR CANE, RESEARCH, HARVEST & PROCESSING
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $766.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $659.50
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FCC 19TH ANNUAL MEETING LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND OTHER RELATED SESSIONS.
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,380.81
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $768.57
source

Destination: ELKINS & ROMNEY, WV
Sponsor: Farm Credit of the Virginias
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRICULTURE OF WEST VIRGINIA
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TO BETTER UNDERSTAND CURRENT CONCERNS OF THE SUGAR INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,960.27
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-FLORIDA EVERGLADES-WEST PALM BEACH-DCA
Sponsor: FL SUGAR CANE LEAGUE/SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FL
Purpose: TO LEARN OF THE CHALLENGES FACING THE AMERICAN SUGAR CANE INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $996.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE KY TO LEXINGTON, KY TO LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: SPECIFICALLY, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ISSUES FACING TOBACCO PRODUCERS AND GENERALLY TO LEARN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE TO KENTUCKY
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $589.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOISE, IDAHO TO SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TO HEAR AND DISCUSS THE CONCERNS AND ISSUES FACING THE DOMESTIC SWEETNER INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 6, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,498.14
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MINNESOTA CORN AND ETHANOL INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 19, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.34
source


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Stenholm

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND A SERIES OF BRIEFINGS ON THE CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Russell Middleton.


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.