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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*

Sarah Birch


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,079.64


Trips traveled under the office of James Clyburn

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT & STUDY PROPOSED STORAGE SITE FOR NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,235.83
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC, MEMPHIS, TN, ST. LOIS, MO
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: VISIT SITES RELATED TO COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,068.00
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Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CLASSROOM LECTURES FROM HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOLS CENTER FOR HEALTH AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $459.80
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Destination: COLUMBIA, S.C. & SORROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: FARM TOUR IN S.C. W/ DELEGATION STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $697.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,066.00
source

Destination: PARIS
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP FOCUSED ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, SECURITY, COMMERCIAL AVIATION AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: VISIT/OVERVIEW OF UNITED NATIONS, & MEET WITH COMMUNICATIONS STAFF OF U.S. MISSION TO THE U.N
Date: Jun 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $561.25
source


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Coble

Destination: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: VISIT & STUDY TEENSCREEN PROGRAM & NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $578.40
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sarah Birch.


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.