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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

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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*

George Shevlin


Total cost of 8 trips: $35,583.96


Trips traveled under the office of John Larson

Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.44
source

Destination: BEIJING, XIAN, SHANGHAI, HONG KONG
Sponsor: CHINESE INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (CPIFA) FACILITATED BY THE U.S. -ASIA INSTITUTE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (16 days)
Expense: $8,500.00
source

Destination: TOKYO-KYOTO-OSAKA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP / FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $8,749.00
source

Destination: JAPAN (LAYOVER)-INDONESIA-HONG KONG
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT FINDING, IMPROVE RELATIONS
Date: Apr 8, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $6,766.50
source

Destination: SINGAPORE, BANGKOK
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: FACTFACTING/EDUCATION - SINGAPORE-US FTA, MILITARY RELATIONS
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (14 days)
Expense: $6,276.86
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL "BIPARTISAN" RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: AA/STAFF DIRECTOR'S RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $709.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS ADDRESSING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ISSUES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SOFTWARE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BROADBAND AND WI-FI SERVICES, INFORMATION SECURITY, AND E-SPAM
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,030.16
source



* - Trips by all travelers named George Shevlin.


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.