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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*

Missy Branson


Total cost of 11 trips: $19,072.70


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Coble

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND/JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Trucking Associations
Purpose: REGULATORY & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $828.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA RENO, NV; LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO GAMING AND MANUFACTURING-RELATED ISSUE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,437.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF CRUISE LINES
Purpose: RECEIVE BRIEFING ON TRAVEL INDUSTRY ISSUES A TO PARTICIPATE IN NEWSHIP-NAMING CEREMONY
Date: Nov 12, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $287.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: State of Qatar
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT QATAR'S GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $372.00
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, VERISIGN, VSDA, XO COMMUNICATIONS
Purpose: TECHPOLICY 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE ON THE AVIATION INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $649.24
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EXAMINE THE ROK-US ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Missy Branson.


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.