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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*

Paula Nowakowski


Total cost of 18 trips: $35,772.16


Trips traveled under the office of John Boehner

Destination: FIRST HEALTH KEY CLIENT WORKER'S COMPENSATION FORUM
Sponsor: First Health Group Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK AT FIRST HEALTH WORKER'S COMPENSATION KEY CLIENT FORUM
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,628.96
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH TECH. FACILITIES AND HEAR EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,712.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: VIEW FASHION DESIGNS PRODUCED BY STUDENTS OF THE 2-YEAR DEGREE PROFESSIONAL COLLEGE
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,661.40
source

Destination: HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICAN PANNING CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: ATTEND THE FIDM ANNUAL FASHION GALA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: ATTEND THE FIDM ANNUAL FASHION GALA
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,245.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: College Loan Corporation
Purpose: TOUR CLC LOAN FACILITIES AND ATTEND BRIEFINGS RELATED TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Aug 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,499.00
source

Destination: TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Educational Testing Service
Purpose: SPECIAL BRIEFING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, ISSUES RELATED TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REAUTHORIZATION AND OTHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $410.05
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: Wachovia Bank
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE VARIOUS PROPOSALS FOR THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,048.50
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL REPUBLICAN RETREAT-CONGRESS OF TOMORROW
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $784.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - HALF MOON BAY, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT CUTTING EDGE HIGH TECH FACILITIES AND TO HEAR EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,226.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ANNUAL EDUCATION FINANCE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Date: Mar 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,918.78
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,134.05
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: U.S. CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EXCHANGE 2004 DELEGATION
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $10,337.38
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION AMERICAN BENEFITS INSTITUTE
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PENSION REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: WEST VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ANNUAL BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $636.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: SPEAKER AT FORUM ON FINANCIAL AID
Date: Feb 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,533.54
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: ATTEND THE FIDM ANNUAL EVENT
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,463.40
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT EFC'S 13TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,548.10
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Paula Nowakowski.


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.