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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*

Gene Smith


Total cost of 13 trips: $35,196.16


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Berman

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $675.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose:
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $924.26
source

Destination: HANOI, - SAIGAN, VIETNAM
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $799.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose:
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,499.51
source

Destination: BOGATA, COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Witness for Peace
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Organization for Tropical Studies
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,362.22
source

Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Sponsor: American Egyptian Cooperation Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,350.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $530.00
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM
Sponsor: NETHERLANDS ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,590.17
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $655.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Gene Smith.


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.