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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*

Jason Van Pelt


Total cost of 12 trips: $19,206.98


Trips traveled under the office of Edward Whitfield

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON MEMBER LEGISLATION
Date: Mar 16, 2000
Expense: $1,196.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE-LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL AGRICULTURE TOUR
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: TOUR MERCK MEDCO FACILITIES
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,708.29
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, LA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,295.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $795.00
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY & NORTHN CYPRUS
Sponsor: Turkish Cypriot History Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,965.00
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: URBAN & RURAL HEALTH SAFETY NET
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,306.17
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ; ELKO, NW; LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: MINING TOUR - COAL & HARD ROCK MINING
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,422.12
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: MEDICAL DEVICE/BIOTECH PRODUCTION FACILITY TOUR
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,451.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TOUR PHARMACEUTICAL & BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,959.39
source

Destination: UTAH
Sponsor: Boston Scientific Corporation
Purpose: VISIT NEWO/CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICE MANUFACTURERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERNALLY MEASURE PROCEDURES
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,245.13
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: DISCUSS LEGISLATION at CONVENTIO
Date: Mar 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,310.66
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jason Van Pelt.


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.