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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*

William Bonvillian


Total cost of 28 trips: $19,552.26


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Lieberman

Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Sponsor: KELLOGG FOUNDATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE OF THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Destination: GLENDALE, ARIZ
Sponsor: American Graduate School of International Management at Thunderbird
Purpose: TEACH CLASSES/SEMINAR AND MEET WITH FACULTY ON U.S. GOV'T ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND R&D LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $498.01
source

Destination: WILLIAM AND MARY UNIV., WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: MEET WITH POLITICAL SCIENCE CLASSES TO REVIEW MAJOR LEGISLATION PROPOSALS SOUGHT BY SEN. LIEBERMAN THIS YEAR
Date: Mar 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $230.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CONF. CENTER, WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $278.75
source

Destination: GLENDALE, ARIZ
Sponsor: American Graduate School of International Management at Thunderbird
Purpose: MAKE PRESENTATION TO STUDENTS AND FACULTY ON U.S. GOV'T ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND R&D LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $580.00
source

Destination: PRINCETON UNIV., PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: MEETING AND DISCUSSION WITH STUDENTS AT PRINCETON'S WOODROW WILSON SCHOOL ON FEDERAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY ISSUES AND RELATED LEGISLATION
Date: Feb 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $263.00
source

Destination: WILLIAM AND MARY UNIV., WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: MEET WITH STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND REVIEW SENATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY ISSUES
Date: Mar 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $64.61
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF CALIF., AT SAN DIEGO, CALIF
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND WORKING SESSIONS ON US COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION POLICIES
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,008.50
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASS
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS AND BRIEFINGS AT MIT AND LINCOLN LABORATORY ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Destination: GLENDALE, ARIZ
Sponsor: American Graduate School of International Management at Thunderbird
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS/CLASS ON FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $555.50
source

Destination: AIRLIE, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON POLICY/CONFERENCE ON ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS IN 2002
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $909.60
source

Destination: WILLIAM & MARY UNIV., WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CLASSES/SEMINARS ON THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND LEADING POLICY ISSUES NOW PENDING BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $99.00
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $353.73
source

Destination: MIT CAMPUS, CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY & ALFRED SLOAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONF. ON TRANSPORTATION POLICY
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,590.14
source

Destination: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIV., PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONF. ON COMPUTER SECURITY AND HOME AND SECURITY
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $531.10
source

Destination: ASPEN INSTITUTE, COLORADO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,547.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS; FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: ARMONK, N.Y.
Sponsor: COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS/IBM CORP
Purpose: WORKING SESSION ON U.S. TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION POLICY OPTIONS
Date: Feb 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $396.00
source

Destination: GEORGIA TECH, ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAM ON U.S. TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY, WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: TEACH POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES ON US. POLICY ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY & PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $120.26
source

Destination: MIT, CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: SLOAN FOUNDATION AND THE MASS. INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Purpose: SEMINARS AND CONFERENCE ON HEALTH CARE POLICY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,027.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL INNOVATION POLICIES
Date: Apr 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $316.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILL
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AND SEE INT'L MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $899.25
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, N.C.
Sponsor: INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL R&D AND OUTSOURCING ISSUES
Date: Oct 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $467.70
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS AND THE ALFRED SLOAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE POLICY AND POLITICAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,193.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: MIT AND THE ALFRED SLOAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH SENIOR FACULTY AND TELECOMM EXPERTS ON THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION - POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES, IN PREPARATION FOR UPCOMING TELECOMM LEGISLATIVE DEBATE
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $928.61
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Bonvillian.


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.