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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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KAPTUR, MARCY, Democratic Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $16,970.03

Average cost per trip - $1,414.17
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 335 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - December 7, 2000 - December 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - deliver speech/Ukrainian national security program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $433.00
Lodging Cost - $223.77
Meal Cost - $204.41
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $861.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Chemical Society
Dates - March 26, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - participate on a panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $946.50
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,165.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Successful Farming Magazine
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ames, IA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost - $98.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $884.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Catholic Common Ground Initiative
Dates - February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Rochelle, NY

Purpose - Deliver speech to Catholic Common Ground Initiative
Notes -

Travel Cost - $263.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $263.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonweal Magazine
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak - Commonweal/New York
Notes -

Travel Cost - $435.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $435.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Women for Responsible National Security
Dates - March 10, 2001 - March 10, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - South Bend, IN

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $651.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $651.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Law Institute
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 20, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia - Kiev, Ukraine

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,157.00
Lodging Cost - $305.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,542.00

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 - Meetings at United Nations and New York Stock Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $404.56
Meal Cost - $88.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $493.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sian Ka'an Conservation Foundation
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - international wildlife conservation
Notes - other expenses include bus

Travel Cost - $1,472.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost - $19.50
Total Cost - $1,941.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Mexico

Purpose - To study effects of NAFTA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,250.00
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,125.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Biodiesel Board
Dates - January 30, 2005 - January 31, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Opening remarks at conference
Notes - Detroit - Ft Lauderdale - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $215.79
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $280.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Planning Assn
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - To speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $154.21
Lodging Cost - $106.18
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.39

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.