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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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    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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CONYERS, JOHN JR, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $3,425.77

Average cost per trip - $380.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 525 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School Black Student Association
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in the CBC and Harvard Black Law Students Association's Town Hall Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,175.38
Lodging Cost - $157.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,332.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nation of Islam
Dates - February 29, 2004 - March 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To attend NOI's Annual Savior's Day Celebration forum: "Reparations: What Does America and Europe Owe? What does Allah (God) promise?
Notes -

Travel Cost - $283.70
Lodging Cost - $135.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greenville Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Greenville, MD

Purpose - To speak about the involvement of fraternity (sic) and sorority organizations in grass-roots organizing, politics, policy-making and the law.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $956.70
Lodging Cost - $75.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tavis Smiley Inc.
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To be a panelist on the issue of health care and reparations. [sponsor listd on Ethics rpt for 2004.
Notes - Detroit, MI - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $5.00
Lodging Cost - $337.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Office of Dorothy Tillman Alderman 3rd Ward
Dates - March 24, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - National Reparations Convention Committee keynote speaker
Notes - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $210.90
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Recording Artists
Dates - February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Los Angeles - Detroit 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - Haiti Support Project
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 12, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - New York - Detroit 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - Anti-Discrimination Committee
Dates - March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Newark - DC 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - State of Missouri Kansas City
Dates - May 16, 2005 - May 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Kansas City - DC 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 - 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.