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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*

Kristen Sarri


Total cost of 13 trips: $7,006.03


Trips traveled under the office of Jack Reed

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON "ENERGY: TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHANGES"
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $886.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $229.00
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL LOW INCOME ENERGY CONSORTIUM
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $389.50
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University
Purpose: VISIT TO CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY TO MEET WITH FACULTY ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, UNFRASTRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING ISSUES
Date: Jan 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $785.62
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $788.33
source

Destination: PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: VISIT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Date: May 30, 2003
Expense: $170.50
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $565.90
source

Destination: VALLEY FORGE, PA
Sponsor: PJM Interconnection LLC
Purpose: STAFF VISIT TO PJM TO LEARN ABOUT MID-ATLANTIC TRANSMISSION GRID
Date: May 24, 2004
Expense: $274.53
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL LOW INCOME ENERGY CONSORTIUM
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NATIONAL LOW INCOME ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $405.90
source

Destination: PORT ISOBEL, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT CHESAPEAKE BAY WATER QUALITY AND ECOSYSTEM
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: EAST ST. LOUISE, MD
Sponsor: Peoples Energy Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $794.50
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEECH ON THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $571.38
source

Destination: QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
Sponsor: NORTHEAST MIDWEST INSTITUTE
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH ON THE NATIONAL AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES ACT TO U.S. AND CANADIAN MAYORS FROM THE GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY AREA, AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT LAKES
Date: May 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $894.27
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kristen Sarri.


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.