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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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*

Valerie West


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,694.38


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO ATTEND COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS, WHERE SENATOR SMITH WILL BE SPEAKING WATER DISTRICT AND A TAX OFFICIALS FROM 7 COLORADO BASIN STATES
Date: Dec 15, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $592.25
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR - BURNS, OR
Sponsor: ROARING SPRINGS RANCH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FLIGHT OVER STEENS MOUNTAIN, OR
Date: Jan 21, 2000
Expense: $307.00
source

Destination: ROSEBURG, OREGON
Sponsor: Association of O&C Counties
Purpose: TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS AND TOUR VARIOUS FACILITIES
Date: Feb 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,055.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR TO LEWISTON, ID TO WINTHROP, WA TO EUGENE, OR TO PORTLAND, OR TO WASHINGTON, DC AREA
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperatives
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY AND TO TOUR CERTAIN FACILITIES
Date: Aug 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,340.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SEMINARS/TOUR EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $110.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Large Public Power Council
Purpose: TO TALK TO CEOS AND KEY STAFF OF MEMBE SYSTEMS ABOUT PENDING ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $750.58
source

Destination: BOISE, IDAHO AND HELLS CANYON
Sponsor: Idacorp Inc
Purpose: TO TOUR THE HELLS CANYON HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES AND ADJACENT LANDS
Date: Aug 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $836.50
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: West Associates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AND SPEAK AT AN ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $941.90
source

Destination: FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR POWER FACILITIES AND TO MEET WITH FRENCH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,761.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Valerie West.


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.