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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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EMANUEL, RAHM, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $14,780.12

Average cost per trip - $2,111.45
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 365 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National-Louis University
Dates - June 7, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Delivery of commencement speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - September 14, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to New York Stock Exchange and ringing of bell at the New York Stock Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.50
Lodging Cost - $371.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,111.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Visit to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Future's Industry Association Annual Conference, "Washington Outlook Panel"
Notes - [Amended dates. 9/2/05]

Travel Cost - $2,707.10
Lodging Cost - $505.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,212.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Notes - Chicago - Los Angeles - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,194.89
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,194.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jean-Jaures Foundation
Dates - October 19, 2004 - October 24, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - Participation in a publication and seminar hosted by the Jean-Jaures Foundation
Notes - Chicago - Paris, France - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,234.86
Lodging Cost - $2,588.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,190.76
Total Cost - $6,014.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress
Notes - Location not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,023.65
Lodging Cost - $246.26
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,269.91

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.