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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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*

Bob Brooks


Total cost of 10 trips: $19,216.50


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mccrery

Destination: BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: LSU Foundation
Purpose: TO TOUR LSU RESEARCH FACILITIES AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECTS
Date: Sep 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $719.30
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT (HOUSE/SENATE)
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/SEMINARS
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,607.50
source

Destination: DCA/LGA/DCA
Sponsor: American Association of Advertising Agencies
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 2, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $681.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-LAS VEGAS, NV-RENO, NV-SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,374.00
source

Destination: SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,727.96
source

Destination: DUNDEE SCOTLAND, PRESTWICK SCOTLAND
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,633.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,042.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PALM SPRINGS, CA-SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,129.50
source

Destination: HYANNIS, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: SEMINAR/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,677.74
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Bob Brooks.


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.