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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*

John Young


Total cost of 6 trips: $8,322.60


Trips traveled under the office of Juanita Millender-Mcdonald

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT REGIONAL JET AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: TO TOUR THE AIRBUS TRAINING FACILITY AND LEARN MORE ABOUT AIRBUS AND THE MANUFACTURING OF THEIR PLANES
Date: Jun 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,439.01
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO LOS ANGELES, CA TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Los Angeles County MTA
Purpose: TO REVIEW AND TOUR PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $541.82
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO MIAMI, FL TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association
Purpose: TO GATHER INFORMATION ON PENDING REAL ISSUES AND TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON CONGRESSIONAL INITIATIVES DURING THE 109TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $608.10
source

Destination: WASHINGTON (NATIONAL/REAGAN) - TO SEATTLE TO WASHINGTON (DULLES)
Sponsor: PORT OF SEATTLE - COSPONSOR - ALASKA AIRLINES, THE BOEING COMPANY
Purpose: TO TOUR THE PORT OF SEATTLE, THE SEATTLE AIRPORT, THE BOEING PLANT AND TO SEE FIRST HAND SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AND EQUIPMENT BEING USED FOR AVIATION, PORT AND TRANSPORTATION SECURITY
Date: Aug 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $594.67
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ted Stevens

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS WITH R.O.C. GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,959.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Young.


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.