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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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  • 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 Sweetnam


Total cost of 10 trips: $9,878.80


Trips traveled under the office of William Roth

Destination: PHOENIX AZ
Sponsor: Employee-Owned S Corporation of America
Purpose: SPEECH TO GROUP ABOUT ESOP S CORPORATION LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR VARIABLE ANNUITIES
Purpose: SPEECHES TO NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 5, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $995.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Investment Company Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON PENSION PLAN LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT SIA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPRING LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS SEMINAR TO DISCUSS RETIREMENT LEGISLATION
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,640.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO CA
Sponsor: American Society of Pension Actuaries
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE ASPA RETIREMENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGARDING RETIREMENT LEGISLATION
Date: May 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,505.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK EMPLOYEE BENEFITS GROUP
Purpose: SPEECH ON CURRENT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LEGISLATION
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $457.90
source

Destination: SIMSBURK CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: CIGNA Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK AT CIGNA TAX DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $471.40
source

Destination: ARMONK, NY
Sponsor: Financial Planning Association (FPA)
Purpose: SPEECH ON HR 1102 AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
Date: Nov 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $436.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PRESENTATION BEFORE NATIONAL TAX CONFERENCE FOR BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD ASSOCIATIONS
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $753.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Society of Pension Actuaries
Purpose: SPEECH TO ASPA & BENEFITS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $620.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Sweetnam.


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.