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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*

Sarah Walter


Total cost of 9 trips: $15,502.00


Trips traveled under the office of John Breaux

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: XAVIER UNIVERSITY & TULANE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: TOUR OF CENTER BIOENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AT TULANE/XAVIER UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,270.00
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $279.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Cardinal Health Inc
Purpose: TOUR OF PYXIS FACILITIES - ROUNDTABLE WITH CARDINAL HEALTH PERSONNEL REGARDING THEIR MEDICAL SAFE
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,087.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Academy of Ophthalmology
Purpose: SPEECH TO ACADEMY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS-ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $975.00
source

Destination: NAPLES; TAMPA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SEN. BREAUX TO STAFF HIM AT PHRMA ANNUAL CONVENTION - GAVE KEYNOTE SPEECH ON MARCH 31, 2001
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SENATOR TO SPEECH TO PHRMA ANNUAL CONVENTION: TOPIC WAS MEDICARE REFORM/PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,490.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Sponsor: Amgen Inc
Purpose: TOUR AMGEN FACILITIES
Date: Oct 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,020.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SENATOR BREAUX TO PHRMA ANNUAL CONVENTION FOR SPEECH
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,334.00
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO / SAN JUAN
Sponsor: Federation of American Hospitals
Purpose: VISIT/TOUR PUERTO RICAN HOSPITALS & MEET WITH COMMONWEALTH OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS MEDICARE ISSUES AFFECTING PUERTO RICAN HOSPITALS
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,997.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sarah Walter.


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.