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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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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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KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $54,448.30

Average cost per trip - $4,188.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 115 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Notes - G. Robert Daniels attended

Travel Cost - $8,575.00
Lodging Cost - $749.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,594.00

Additional family members - Yes


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) - Tom Joyner Foundation
Dates - May 25, 2002 - June 1, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in Blackamericaweb.com think tank
Notes - accompanied by sister Marsha Cheeks. Lodging expenses include meals. Trip was on cruise ship in Carribean

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost - $519.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $473.00
Lodging Cost - $380.72
Meal Cost - $138.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $992.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Action Network
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speak on two panels
Notes -

Travel Cost - $917.00
Lodging Cost - $818.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,735.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - Fact-finding; participation on panel
Notes - Sister Marsha Cheeks accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Dulles, VA - Cairo, Egypt - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $8,056.00
Lodging Cost - $827.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $430.00
Total Cost - $9,713.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tampa Org of Black Affairs
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement for Martin Luther King holiday
Notes - Personal expenses: 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/17. New Orleans-Tampa-Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $896.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,021.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Dates - March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $911.73
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $79.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - iGates Technologies, Pharma, CitiGroup, Port of New Orleans, General Motors, Coca Cola, GlaxoSmithKline
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Purpose - Participation in the Afro-Brazilian / African American Business Summit (panel discussion leader)
Notes - Detroit, MI - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $9,632.26
Lodging Cost - $1,476.00
Meal Cost - $522.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,630.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - African World Expo
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 28, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Akwa Ibon, Nigeria - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Purpose - Fact finding and trade mission to promote business between the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan, the United States and Nigeria
Notes - Detroit, MI - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Akwa Ibon, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Amsterdam, Holland - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $4,197.00
Lodging Cost - $2,500.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $900.00
Total Cost - $8,097.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Fact finding issue forums and sessions
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $127.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $304.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Social Security, healthcare, and housing forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $25.53
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $14.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $239.53

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.