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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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*

Ashley Musselman


Total cost of 8 trips: $13,127.19


Trips traveled under the office of Dan Lipinski

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Columbia College Chicago
Purpose: TO TOUR COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO'S L.A. PROGRAM AND MEET WITH PRODUCTION EXECS RE RUNAWAY PRODUCTION (THE LOSS OF U.S. PRODUCTION JOBS TO OVERSEAS)
Date: Feb 26, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,073.97
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: ECONOMIC FACT-FINDING SEMINAR
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,592.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of William Lipinski

Destination: TEMPE AND MESA, ARIZONA
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL GAS ACTIVITIES AND PIPELINE SAFETY OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $853.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF COURSE ON ECONOMICS OF TAXATION AND TAX REFORM
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,482.60
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; FRANFURT (ODER), GERMANY; BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT GERMAN POLITICS, GERMAN IMMIGRATION & ANTI-TERRORISM, BORDER & SECURITY, & TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Jan 19, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO TO CHICAGO
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP RE: FREIGHT RAIL OPERATIONS
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,893.16
source

Destination: CHESTER & MANCHESTER, ENGLAND; CUMBRIA, ENGLAND, SELLAFIELD, AND LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RE: NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IN GB AND SERVICES THEY CAN PROVIDE TO U.S VIEWING NUCLEAR TRANSPORT VESSELS
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $3,241.19
source

Destination: BOISE, ID-HELL'S CANYON, ID/OR
Sponsor: SAVE OUR WILD SALMON
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF THE SNAKE RIVER TO VIEW SPAWNING GROUNDS WHERE SALMON CAN BE RESTORED. LEARNED ABOUT FED 7 RECOVERY EFFORTS STUDIED SALMON LIFECYCLE & ECONOMIES DEPENDANT ON SALMON & STEELHEAD
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $794.77
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ashley Musselman.


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.