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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*

Josh Brown


Total cost of 16 trips: $22,435.90


Trips traveled under the office of Darrell Issa

Destination: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: COPYWRIGHT EDUCATION
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $620.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,021.58
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 30, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,480.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,271.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,405.84
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: TECH POLICY ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $727.10
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA - KINGS MILL
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: FACT FIND MISSION
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $539.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO - HOTDCHEL CORONADO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,266.00
source

Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Orbitz Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $539.06
source

Destination: LAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,160.94
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: TECH POLICY 2004
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $792.15
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $933.39
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $446.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,714.00
source

Destination: LAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND TRADE SHOW/POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,019.84
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Josh Brown.


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.