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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*

Vince Sampson


Total cost of 12 trips: $15,789.58


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Pombo

Destination: RAPID CITY, SD, PIERRE, SD, WHEATLAND, WY
Sponsor: Missouri River Energy Services
Purpose: TO TOUR OHOI DAM, MISSOURI BASIN POWER PLANT TO UNDERSTAND NEEDS OF SMALL MUNICIPAL POWER PRODUCERS
Date: Jul 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,394.62
source

Destination: FLAGSTAFF, AZ, PAGE, AZ
Sponsor: Colorado River Energy Distributors Association
Purpose: TO TOUR HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES AND DISCUSS RELATED ISSUES SUCHAS SOIL EROSION AND EFFECTS ON ENDANGERED/THREATENED SPECIES
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,135.10
source

Destination: WENATCHEE, WA - CHELAN, WA - LEVENWORTH, WA
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT HYDROPOWER RESOURCES ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER AREA. IN ADDITION TO UNDERSTAND PUBLIC POWER AND ITS ROLE IN THE REGION
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,297.53
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO VISIT CAMPUS AND DISCUSS RANGE OF ISSUES AND TECHNOLOGIES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,282.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Investment Company Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUES WITHIN THE MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $920.29
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - JACKSON, WY
Sponsor: Shell Oil Co
Purpose: TO TOUR THE PINEDALE NATURAL GAS FACILITY IN PINEDALE, WY
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $277.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, WY
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AT THE LAND ACCESS STRATEGY MEETING
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.08
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO PREVIEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAY BE DEPLOYED TO ADDRESS NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUES
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,731.44
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: TO ATTEND SCI'S ANNUAL CONVENTION AND ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON FISH & WILDLIFE ISSUES
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $990.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Family Farm Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL DISCUSSING WATER ISSUES BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $673.60
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: TO VISIT HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES IN OR WA, DISCUSS ESA: NEPA ISSUES
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,492.92
source

Destination: RALEIGH DURHAM
Sponsor: Duke University
Purpose: TO GIVE A PRESENTATION TO ATTENDEES OF THE CURRENT & EMERGING ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AT DUKE UNIVS. THE PRESENTATION WAS ON THE NEPA TASK FORCE
Date: Jun 15, 2005
Expense: $170.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Vince Sampson.


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.