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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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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CARSON, JULIA, Democratic Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $23,455.79

Average cost per trip - $2,931.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 269 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Notes - Dates of Travel are stated as April 6-7 and April 12-13. Dates of Botswana visit are stated as April 9-12 01.

Travel Cost - $8,313.21
Lodging Cost - $1,447.48
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,110.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CBC Policy & Leadership Institute
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Educational - trade policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $100.75
Lodging Cost - $336.00
Meal Cost - $76.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $513.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $5,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $7,570.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - educational -- CBC health and environmental justice brain trusts
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - women's caucus issues visit to the NYSE
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $273.00
Lodging Cost - $372.06
Meal Cost - $88.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $733.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - leadership summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.10
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $531.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,807.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 5, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Purpose - mental health roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,176.00
Lodging Cost - $240.02
Meal Cost - $34.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation Coalition
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Minority health summit - to promote minority health
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Indianapolis, IN

Travel Cost - $455.66
Lodging Cost - $229.65
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $685.31

Additional family members - No

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.