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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*

Bill Wichterman


Total cost of 17 trips: $15,585.20


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Frist

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: RIAA AND GMA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $828.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: Ethics and Public Policy Center
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC-MONTGOMERY, AL-BIRMINGHAM, AL-NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.00
source

Destination: PHILA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,064.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Prison Fellowship Ministries
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Sep 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Mar 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $648.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Trinity Forum
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: FAITH & LAW
Purpose: SPEAKING AND EDUCATIONAL
Date: Dec 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $593.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Joseph Pitts

Destination: OSPREY POINT, ROYAL OAK, MD
Sponsor: WILBERFORCE FORUM (PRISON FELLOWSHIP), AND FAITH & LAW
Purpose: EDUCATION/POLICY DISCUSSIONS
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,276.00
source

Destination: STRATEGY FOR 107TH CONGRESS - MEETINGS
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: STRATEGY MEETINGS
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: MUSIC INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $875.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $324.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Prison Fellowship Ministries
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,002.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,647.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: WILBERFORCE FORUM (PRISON FELLOWSHIP) AND FAITH & LAW
Purpose: EXPLORATION OF LEGISLATIVE MEANS OF CULTURAL RENEWAL
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $863.20
source

Destination: BUFFALO, NY
Sponsor: Houghton College
Purpose: SPEAKING TO STUDENTS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $390.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Bill Wichterman.


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.