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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

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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*

Alison Buist


Total cost of 11 trips: $18,579.72


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000
Expense: $100.00
source

Destination: SOUTH AFRICA, MALAWI
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO OBSERVE HOW INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING BE, LETS OPERATE AND EXTENT AT HIV/TB DEVASTATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $12,432.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: INVESTIGATE OREGON'S SYSTEM OF LONG TERM CARE, MEET WITH HEALTH POLICY MAKERS (NATIONAL & LOCAL) AND VISIT DIFFERENT TYPES OF LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES
Date: Oct 31, 2000
Expense: $1,660.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH START TO DISCUSS HEALTH LEGISLATION FOR 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $172.55
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO EXAMINE THE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM & IN DENVER & RURAL COLORADO
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,079.67
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $191.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT-HOW PAYMENT STREAMS/REGULATIONS AFFECT HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR SENIORS UNDER MEDICAID & MEDICARE
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,284.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Scan Health Plan
Purpose: SOCIAL HMD LEGISLATION DISCUSSION
Date: Dec 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $215.00
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: Scan Health Plan
Purpose: VISIT SOCIAL HMO SITE
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $401.50
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: ANNUAL HEALTH POLICY RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $120.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Alison Buist.


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.