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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

  • 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*

Jeannette Windon


Total cost of 12 trips: $33,249.12


Trips traveled under the office of Mark Kirk

Destination: MOROCCO (RABAT - MARCAKECH - OUARZAZATE) - PARIS (PERSONAL)
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INTERNATIONAL U.S. COMMITTEE FOR U.N.F.P.A.
Purpose: INVESTIGATE FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (11 days)
Expense: $7,680.00
source

Destination: ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE AND OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO
Sponsor: Global Health Council
Purpose: STUDY HIV/AIDS SITUATION
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $3,172.32
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: POPULATION RESOURCE CENTER
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD MEETING
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $390.05
source

Destination: NEW DELHI & DARMSALA, INDIA; KATMANDU, NEPAL
Sponsor: International Campaign for Tibet
Purpose: INVESTIGATE TIBETAN REFUGEES
Date: Dec 9, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $3,600.00
source

Destination: YEREVAN, ARMENIA DAY TRIP TO NAZORNO KARABATH
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: TO INVESTIGATE AND EVALUATE USAID PROGRAMS, POLITICAL & ECONOMIC SITUATION IN ARMENIA
Date: Aug 14, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,287.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND-MAE SOT, THAILAND-BANGKOK
Sponsor: US CAMPAIGN FOR BURMA/HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION CENTER, AND CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SITUATION INSIDE BURMA, REFUGEES FROM BURMA, AND U.S. FUNDED PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT BURMA AND BURMESE
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN
Sponsor: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON U.S. ASSISTANCE TO JORDAN, U.S./JORDAN RELATIONS AND JORDAN'S POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,912.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Gilead Sciences
Purpose: AN EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON HIV/AIDS AND HEPATITIS B INCLUDING TREATMENTS, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ACCESS INITIATIVES AND PATIENT PERSPECTIVES
Date: Aug 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,547.00
source

Destination: CAIRO EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: U.S.-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS-MIDDLE EAST POLICY-U.S. ASSISTANCE TO EGYPT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON U.S.-MOROCCAN RELATIONS, AND RECENT REFORMS IN THE REGION
Date: Feb 12, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,515.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Porter

Destination: CHIAPAS AND MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Sponsor: Mexico Solidarity Network
Purpose: INVESTIGATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: INDONESIA, EAST TIMOR
Sponsor: East Timor Action Network
Purpose: INVESTIGATE EAST TIMOR REFUGEE CRISIS
Date: Apr 22, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $1,801.75
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeannette Windon.


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.