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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.

Recent Posts

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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*

Jayme White


Total cost of 10 trips: $25,801.99


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mcdermott

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SINGAPORE
Date: Feb 1, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $7,680.54
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS MODEL OF IMPORTANT COMPANIES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,529.30
source

Destination: DC TO NYC
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TAX DEDUCTABLE BONDS WORK TO FINANCE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $705.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS AT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
Date: May 23, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,022.25
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT CONFRONT AFRICA
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $562.50
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: AGAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW FEDERAL TAX POLICY AFFECTS U.S. FIRMS OPERATING IN SILICON VALLEY AND INVOLVED IN THE IT SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY
Date: Aug 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,828.85
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FEDERAL ISSUES THAT AFFECT MICROSOFT AND OTHER HIGH TECHNOLOGY FIRMS LOCATED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,979.12
source

Destination: BRASILIA, BRAZIL TO RIO DE JAINERO
Sponsor: Brazil Information Center
Purpose: TO CREATE STRONGER TRES BETWEEN THE US AND BRAZIL, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY ON DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES AND FIND WAYS TO BELIEVE CONSENSUS ON MATTERS CURRENTLY OR DISPUTE
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $6,660.60
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF HOW INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW IMPACTS AMERICAN COMPANIES ABILITY TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $671.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO O'HARE
Sponsor: BAXTER HEALTHCARE, USG CORP, SMURFIT-STONE, CABE-PILLER QUALITY FLEAT WORKS, BOEING, SIGNODE, PEPSI CO
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR OF THE U.S. ECONOMY
Date: Aug 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,162.13
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jayme White.


American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.