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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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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

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BISHOP, SANFORD D JR, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,561.48

Average cost per trip - $2,445.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 305 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Brain Trust
Notes - spouse Vivian C. Bishop accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $511.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $43.00
Total Cost - $1,374.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - To discuss issues of concern to the mutual caucus - tri-caucus
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,401.44
Lodging Cost - $549.00
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,851.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $353.00
Lodging Cost - $668.52
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,066.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker and educational briefings attended
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop. Other costs are for entertainment

Travel Cost - $674.50
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,494.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Peanut Farmers Conference
Dates - July 21, 2001 - July 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Attend peanut farmers conferences to discuss farm bill and AG issues
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop. Other costs are for entertainment

Travel Cost - $1,573.00
Lodging Cost - $332.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Morehouse College
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Served as an honoree at the Morehouse College Founder's Day Celebration, Candle in the Dark Gala.
Notes - Including spouse. [Personal financial disclosure statement llisted location]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - not specified
Notes - This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes

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.