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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*

Laverne Alexander


Total cost of 18 trips: $34,950.31


Trips traveled under the office of Donald Payne

Destination:
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

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

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO 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: WASHINGTON, DC - MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERIAL/CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN COUNCIL
Date: May 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - QUITO, ECUADOR
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: III BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THE XXXIV OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,668.51
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,130.81
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: II BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THE XIV IBEROAMERICAN SUMMIT HEADS OF STATE AND HEADS OF GOVERNMENT
Date: Nov 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,282.80
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FOR MANAGEMENT AND LEARNING CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,688.55
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,248.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: COUNCIL FOR OPPORTUNITY IN EDUCATION BOARD MEETING
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $831.85
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT; HEADS OF STATES AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS RELATIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND CARIBBEAN NATIONS
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,982.69
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Career College Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF CAREER COLLEGES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,168.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: All Kinds of Minds
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $625.71
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ECONOMIC SEMINAR
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,607.00
source

Destination: SUNNY ISLES, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S IV ANNUAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,185.07
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: National Marrow Donor Program
Purpose: CORD BLOOD BANK AND TRANSPLANT CENTER SITE VISIT FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $738.48
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "FREEDOM TO PROSPER"
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,048.10
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Laverne Alexander.


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.