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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*

Thomas Brierton


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,581.53


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Pombo

Destination: WASHINGTON DC, SAN FRANCISCO, SACRAMENTO, MOORETOUN RANCHERIA, RODDING RANCHERIA, HOOPA VALLEY RESERVATION, SACRAMENTO (TRIP ENDED)
Sponsor: California Nations Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: GOT BRIEFING ON CALIFORNIA TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ISSUES ARE WITH GAMING PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FORUM, VISIT INDIAN TRIBES & FACILITIES AND MEET WITH TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,198.37
source

Destination: RENO NEVADA
Sponsor: Sodak Gaming
Purpose: VISIT SODAK/IET MANUFACTURING FACILITY, MEET WITH COMPANY PERSONEL DISCUSS ISSUES FACING GAMING INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $132.16
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Destination: RENO NV-MINNEAPOLIS MN, PROVIDENCE RI
Sponsor: National Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN NIGA MID YEAR MEETING & EXPO, VISIT PRAIRIE ISLAND SIOUX RESERVATION
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,543.30
source

Destination: LEDYARD CT-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
Purpose: ATTEND SCHMETIZUM FESTIVAL, MEET W/TRIBAL LEADERS IN CT, RT, AND MASS
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $855.00
source

Destination: COLUSA JACKSON
Sponsor: California Nations Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: VISIT CALIFORNIA INDIAN RESERVATIONS, GAMING FACILITIES, MEET WITH CMCA BOARD & OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $858.80
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE NM SANTA FE NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ATTEND MGA SPRING MEETING AND TRADE SHOW
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,206.90
source

Destination: PROVIDENCE RI-MASHPEE MASS
Sponsor: MASHPEE WAMPANOAG TRIBAL GOVERNMENT
Purpose: VISIT MASHPEE TRIBAL LANDS, MEET W/ TRIBAL COUNCIL, TOUR TRIBAL FACILITIES
Date: Feb 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $787.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Thomas Brierton.


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.