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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*

Ramsen Betfarhad


Total cost of 9 trips: $8,831.17


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Bliley

Destination: VERMONT
Sponsor: Northeast Public Power Association
Purpose: VISIT PUBLIC POWER FACILITIES & NEW ENGLAND ISO
Date: Aug 29, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM
Sponsor: West Associates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AT ELECTRICITY DEREG CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICPATION PANEL DISCUSSION & CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,596.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE/SANTA CLARA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Public Affairs Group
Purpose: VISIT PRODUCTION FACILITIES & DISCUSS HIGH TECH PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,151.57
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE
Date: Jul 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,319.55
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: ATTEND PRIVACY CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $185.00
source

Destination: DC-OMAHA-NEBRASKA
Sponsor: First Data Corporation
Purpose: VISIT FIRST DATA FACILITIES IN OMAHA
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $811.88
source

Destination: D.C. TO YORKTOWN HEIGHTS N.Y. AND HAWTHORNE, N.Y.
Sponsor: IBM Corporation
Purpose: VISIT IBM RESEARCH FACILITIES YORKTOWN HEIGHTS AND HAWTHORNE, N.Y.
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $807.96
source

Destination: DC TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: CTIA'S WINTER SHOW/CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,292.21
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ramsen Betfarhad.


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.