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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*

Patrice Willoughby


Total cost of 11 trips: $16,018.66


Trips traveled under the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Destination: NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: BRIEFING ON ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP OF BRIEFINGS AND TOURS TO EXAMINE THE OIL AND NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY, EXPLORATION, REFINING, PRODUCTION OF NATURAL GAS AND OIL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,968.00
source

Destination: BRONX JOB CORPS, NY, NY, EDISON JOB CORPS, EDISON, NJ
Sponsor: National Job Corps Association
Purpose: BRIEFING ON JOB CORPS
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $585.96
source

Destination: EGYPT (CAIRO, MINIA) ETHIOPIA (ADDIS ABABA, AWASSA, SOUTHERN NATIONS, NATIONALITIES, AND PEOPLE'S REGION)
Sponsor: BASIC EDUCATION COALITION: ACADEMY FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SAVE THE CHILDREN, CARE, WORLD LEARNING
Purpose: TO EXAMINE BASIC AND GIRL'S EDUCATION. A FOUR PAGE REPORT IS ATTACHED
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,425.57
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION CONCERNING THE ROLE OF ACTUARIES, TERRORISM INSURANCE COVERAGE, AND ASSESSING RISK IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2002
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: OHIO STATEWIDE HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $443.13
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE ROLE OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN THE ENERGY MARKET, POWER PRODUCTION AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,696.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT TITLED "FREEDOM TO PROSPER" SESSIONS CONCERNED ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE EFFECT OF REGULATION ON MARKETS
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY - UNITED NATIONS
Sponsor: Federation for World Peace
Purpose: FACT FINDING - SYMPOSIUM ON RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONGRESS AND THE UNITED NATIONS, AND UN REFORM
Date: Apr 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $511.00
source

Destination: Wash, DC - Philadelphia - Wash, DC
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: Chief of Staff Retreat, Policy discussions regarding applications of economical priciples
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: Wash, DC - Jacksonville, FL - Wash DC
Sponsor: George Mason University and Gilette Corporation
Purpose: Policy discussions on free markets, tax policy and causes of disparte test scores between Minority and Majority students
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,144.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Patrice Willoughby.


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.