Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core

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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, politicians and teachers.

On this episode of American RadioWorks: a look at how the Common Core State 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 exams are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school — but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired. 

"Greater Expectations" is part of a new four-part series from the acclaimed documentary unit of American Public Media. Revisit the first episode here.

Meet teachers who put their skepticism aside to embrace the new standards. Hear how the tests are changing how students learn, from a high-school history class in Reno to a third-grade math class on Long Island. Learn why Common Core is causing so much controversy and why the stakes are higher.

Airs Saturday, August 30 at 6am on 93.9 FM and 2pm on AM 820; Airs Sunday, August 31 at 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820

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