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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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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*

Christal Sheppard


Total cost of 9 trips: $13,259.67


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.00
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Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,225.85
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOMEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS AND THE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION (BIO) EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF THE LIFE SCIENCES COMMUNITIES IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION. TITLED "GOOD SCIENCE GOOD BUSINESS." AND ATTENDED PRESE
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,554.23
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Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND-ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FIELD TOUR. THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF LOOKED FIRST-HAND AT WESTERN ENERGY ISSUES. I ALSO VISITED SEVERAL SITES OF INTEREST ON COLORADO'S FRONT RANGE
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $952.44
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,100.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT'S 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,018.87
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Association for Competitive Technology
Purpose: TO ATTEND SUMMIT FOCUSING ON THE ROLD OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $644.00
source

Destination: REDMOND, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TOUR MICROSOFT FACILITY; VIEW PRODUCTS; MEET WITH COMPANY'S TECHNOLOGISTS AND DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY MATTERS
Date: Jun 2, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,354.58
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Trips traveled under the office of Mel Watt

Destination: ATLANTA AIRPORT
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND THE GSES, THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS AND THE SECURITIZATION PROCESS
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
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* - Trips by all travelers named Christal Sheppard.


American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.