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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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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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CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $8,414.80

Average cost per trip - $764.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 451 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Stetson University
Dates - March 12, 2000 - March 13, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - DeLand, FL

Purpose - speaker at model U.S. Senate program
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $219.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $219.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Paper Company
Dates - April 4, 2000 - April 4, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - annual board meeting dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $433.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Post Properties
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - participant--Harvard Business School Club
Notes -

Travel Cost - $622.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bill Heard Enterprises, Inc.
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, GA

Purpose - speaker at Chattahoochee Council of Boy Scouts of America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $630.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Trial Lawyers Association
Dates - July 31, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $569.99
Lodging Cost - $565.32
Meal Cost - $81.70
Other Cost - $61.69
Total Cost - $1,278.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Dates - June 17, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - main speaker at Georgia Motor Trucking Association conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $184.21
Meal Cost - $108.72
Other Cost - $16.00
Total Cost - $308.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stetson University
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - DeLand, FL

Purpose - speaker at Stetson University Model U.S. Senate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,135.50
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,254.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - appear on "This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts"
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Washington, DC - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $1,021.74
Lodging Cost - $273.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,295.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Economic Alliance High Tech Speed Rail Summit
Dates - March 18, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlotte, NC

Purpose - conference speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,139.00
Lodging Cost - $189.49
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,328.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Coca Cola North America
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Warm Springs, GA

Purpose - FDR anniversary ceremony, little White House - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $759.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jackie Robinson Cairo Memorial Institute
Dates - February 9, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thomasville, GA

Purpose - keynote speaker at Jackie Robinson state historical marker dedication scholarship
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

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.