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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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  • 08.28.14

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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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HARKIN, THOMAS RICHARD, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $15,599.26

Average cost per trip - $3,119.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 13 days
Rank of representative - 356 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Longshoremen's Association
Dates - July 18, 2000 - July 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - address convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,007.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,007.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Corn Growers Association
Dates - February 26, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - attend conferences and receive award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,114.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,139.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 21, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,444.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $342.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,386.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Wellington, New Zealand

Purpose - Speaking engagement at the Parliamentarians for Global Action 26th Annual Forum. Senator Harkin is a member of PGA's International Council
Notes - Senator Harkin personally paid for his stay in New Zealand from December 7-12, 2004. The Parliamentarians for Global Action paid for the roundtrip ticket which did not result in an incremental increase in expense for the roundtrip ticket due to the depart

Travel Cost - $8,855.00
Lodging Cost - $252.51
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,217.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $849.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $849.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.