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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*

Jamila Thompson


Total cost of 8 trips: $13,002.41


Trips traveled under the office of Barbara Lee

Destination: MIAMI-HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: MARAZUL CHARTERS
Purpose: HUMANITARIAN DELEGATION TO DELIVER MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO THE DISABLED COMMUNITY IN CUBA. HELD MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT.
Date: Apr 9, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: VISIT NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE & UN
Sponsor: Better World Campaign
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR AND BRIEFINGS FROM NYSE, UN STAFF AND US-UN EMBASSY.
Date: May 16, 2003
Expense: $144.00
source

Destination: MIAMI-CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Sponsor: PACIFIC COAST SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST AFRO-COLOMBIAN INSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA. MET GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS TOPICS RELATED TO US POLICY TOWARDS COLOMBIA FOCUSING PRIMARILY ON THE EFFECT ON AFRO-COLOMBIANS
Date: Jul 29, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,550.00
source

Destination: SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA-ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2004 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO ST. LUCIA & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,831.50
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: THE INTERRELIGIOUS FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/THE CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION
Purpose: MET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISITED CONSTITUENTS AT THE LATIN AMERICAN MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN THE CARIB NEWS CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Public Private Ventures
Purpose: ATTENDED CONFERENCE ON PRISONER RE-ENTRY, EMPLOYMENT, MENTORING, RESEARCH, CASE MANAGEMENT, AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,080.03
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jamila Thompson.


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.