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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*

Paul Unger


Total cost of 17 trips: $40,274.97


Trips traveled under the office of George Allen

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PENN
Sponsor: THIRD ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT INTERNET
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $615.73
source

Destination: ARMENIA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $2,497.34
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS AT UN HEADQUARTERS
Date: May 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: DISCUSS PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES AND VISIT TIMEWARNER FACILITIES
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,262.00
source

Destination: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SEN. ALLEN TO MEETING WITH TIDEWATER COMMUNITY
Date: Nov 27, 2001
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: PARIS FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF FRENCH NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 31, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,784.00
source

Destination: BERLIN & MUNICH
Sponsor: Hanns Seidel Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND THE 17TH ANNUAL GERMAN-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR STAFF AIDES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,964.26
source

Destination: PALO ALTO, CALIF.
Sponsor: Business Software Alliance
Purpose: MEET WITH HIGH TECH COMPANIES TO DISCUSS ISSUES PENDING BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF PEER-TO-PEER TECHNOLOGY & THE IMPORTANCE OF COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,915.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: TOUR AIRBUS FACILITIES, MEET WITH AIRBUS EXECUTIVES REGARDING PENDING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Jul 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,313.03
source

Destination: FRANCE AND ENGLAND
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING TRIP ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN THE SERVICES AND AERONAUTICS SECTORS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,125.00
source

Destination: MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: YAHOO! INC. AND EBAY INC.
Purpose: TOUR FACILITIES OF YAHOO AND EBAY, MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF YAHOO AND EBAY TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,158.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF AOL AND TIME WARNER TO DISCUSS ISSUES PENDING BEFORE THE CONGRESS
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,318.89
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON CURRENT TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY RELATIONS, INCLUDING THE FUTURE OF IRAQ, PEACEKEEPING AND RECONSTRUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN, EU RELATIONS WITH TURKEY, AND COOPERATION ON WAR ON TERRORISM
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,840.00
source

Destination: CHESAPEAKE, MD
Sponsor: Association for Competitive Technology
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A SUMMIT FOCUSING ON THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR. THE GOAL OF THE SUMMIT IS TO BRING DIVERSE VIEWS ON THE CURRENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGIME AND HOW IT CAN BE IMPROVED
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $399.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM/FRANKFORT, GERMANY
Sponsor: GERMAN MARSHALL FUND/EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Purpose: EVOLVING ROLE OF EUROPEAN UNION IN FOREIGN POLICY
Date: Jan 8, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,511.92
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Paul Unger.


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.