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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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  • 08.29.14

    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.

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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LEWIS, JOHN, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $0.00

Average cost per trip - $0.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 634 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Temple Bethel of Great Neck
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
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Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MLK Celebration Committee
Dates - January 19, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - ATL - Albany, GA - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lane College
Dates - February 2, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - not specified
Notes - ATL - Memphis, TN - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Montg. - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SCLC Women Inc
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - ATL - Alabama - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Baptist College
Dates - March 15, 2004 - March 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - not specified
Notes - ATL - Nash., TN - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - not specified
Notes - ATL (Atlanta) - Detroit, MI - NC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Texas LBJ School
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 26, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Austin, TX - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William & Mary Univ
Dates - April 6, 2004 - April 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Williamsburg, VA - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boston College Law School
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 13, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Syracuse Univ
Dates - April 25, 2004 - April 26, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Syracuse, NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - ATL - Syracuse, NY - ATL (Atlanta) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Dates - June 13, 2005 - June 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - Congressman Lewis received the "Beacon of Justice Award" and a Special Tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Notes - Atlanta - New York - Washington, DC Dollar amounts not specified

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Children's Defense Fund
Dates - June 10, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Knoxville, TN

Purpose - Congressman Lewis served as the keynote speaker at the 2005 Call to Action night for 700 primarily Black college students
Notes - Atlanta - Knoxville - Atlanta Dollar amounts not specified

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - City Year
Dates - June 2, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - Congressman Lewis received the Lifetime of Idealism Award recognized as City Year's highest honor
Notes - Atlanta - Little Rock - Atlanta No dollar amount specified

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP Local Chapter
Dates - September 17, 2005 - September 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Charleston, SC - Atlanta, GA

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Dates - October 13, 2005 - October 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Atlanta, GA - Little Rock, AR - Atlanta, GA

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Dates - October 29, 2005 - October 30, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC- Boston, MA - Washington, DC

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Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP Legal Defense
Dates - November 3, 2005 - November 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Congressman was being honored/speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - New York - Washington, DC

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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.