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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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  • 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.

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*

Shawn Whitman


Total cost of 9 trips: $11,908.35


Trips traveled under the office of Craig Thomas

Destination: FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,434.00
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,700.00
source

Destination: ELKO, NV-MORANCI, AZ-PRONO, UT-SALINA, UT
Sponsor: Gold Institute
Purpose: MINING TOUR
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,020.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, PA
Sponsor: NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF TOUBOAT & UNDERGROUND COAL SERVICE FACILITY
Date: Jul 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $303.95
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Purpose: GIVE PRESENTATION OF GROUP OF NACO WESTERN STATE MEMBER STATES ABOUT VARIOUS LEGISLATIVE & POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jul 13, 2001
Expense: $199.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF UTILITY INDUSTRY AND RURAL TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING COMPETITIVE TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $708.40
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING AT BICAMERAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Shawn Whitman.


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.