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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*

Richard Boykin


Total cost of 13 trips: $41,866.25


Trips traveled under the office of Danny Davis

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, STOCK EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & UNITED AIRLINES
Purpose: FACT FINDING-STUDY THE FINANCIAL MARKETS
Date: Jul 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,696.24
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Cardinal Health Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF RUBBER INDUSTRY; IN PARTICULAR, LATEX SLOVES
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $10,500.00
source

Destination: GERMANY & BELGIUM (BRUSSELS)
Sponsor: Bundesverband Deutscher Postdienstleister eV
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF GERMAN POSTAL SERVICE ARE MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Date: Nov 11, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,640.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM-ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: ISSUES OF PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINIANS
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,130.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: UNDERSTANDING OF ECONOMIC PROCESS & MARKETS
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: GMA & FMI EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY-AGRICULTURE-NUTRITION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $973.80
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $815.20
source

Destination: RIO DE JANIERO, BRASILLA, SAN PAULO, SALVADOR-BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: (TRADE), EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS RE: STEEL, & FARMING INDUS
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,140.50
source

Destination: NETHERLANDS/(AMSTERDAM)
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,505.57
source

Destination: ST. THOMAS AND ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS
Sponsor: Eli Lilly and Co
Purpose: MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $983.94
source

Destination: TIRANA, ALBANIA
Sponsor: Adonai International Ministries
Purpose: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & HUMANITATION
Date: May 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,330.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: ABBOTT LABS, AMSTEAL INDUSTRIES, RR DONNELLEY, PEPSI, IL TOOL WORKS, MEAD WESTVACO
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Aug 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,336.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Richard Boykin.


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.