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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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*

Brian Bonlender


Total cost of 9 trips: $11,237.25


Trips traveled under the office of Jay Inslee

Destination: WASHINGTON STATES
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,385.30
source

Destination: SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION/AVIATION TOUR
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 2, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,996.60
source

Destination: SEATTLE-EVESONT-PORTLAND FISH PROCESSING INSTITUTES
Sponsor: National Fisheries Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $1,395.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR, BONNEVILLE DAM
Sponsor: RTO West
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT RTO WEST
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $494.25
source

Destination: JUNE 30TH-TRAVEL; JULY 1-3-TOUR ANWR; JULY 4TH TOUR PRUDHOE BAY
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,662.32
source

Destination: TOUR BIOTECH COMPANIES: IMMUNEX, DENDREON, TARGATED GENET.
Sponsor: BIOTECHNOLOGY CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP-IMMUNEX CORP, DENDREON CORP, TARGATED GENETICS CORP.
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT FEDERAL ISSUES FACING THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,779.87
source

Destination: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK ANS SURROUNDING AREA
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,038.52
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Organization for Tropical Studies
Purpose: FACT FINDING, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOR TROPICAL FORESTS AND IMPACTS OF AMERICAN POLICIES EFFECTING TROPICAL COUNTRIES AND THEIR POLICIES EFFECTING THE UNITED STATES
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,047.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE/DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL DISCUSSION CONCERNING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND THEIR STATUS ON THE U.S. CONGRESS, PARTICULARLY ON REGARD TO CARNIVORE AND BEAR-RELATED LEGISLATION. ALSO, FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 28, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $438.39
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Bonlender.


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.