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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.

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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National Rifle Association - $42,502.01 spent on 23 trips
5.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
94.2% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
January 15, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Bd. Mtg./Speech
Total Cost - $959.51

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
September 24, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $615.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Arlington, VA
Purpose - Board meeting
Total Cost - $542.10

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
May 18, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (4 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $8,676.63

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
September 30, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (1 days)
Long Island, NY
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $2,100.82

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
November 18, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (1 days)
Hampton, GA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $250.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Meeting
Total Cost - $2,839.50

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
January 12, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - board meeting
Total Cost - $1,173.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - meeting
Total Cost - $2,282.50

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
May 20, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (3 days)
Charlotte, NC
Purpose - Annual convention, Board of Directors meeting
Total Cost - $1,115.23

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - NRA event
Total Cost - $4,450.49

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
July 25, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - NRA annual board meeting
Total Cost - $2,045.69

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (1 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,000.00

HILLEARY, VAN - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (1 days)
Bristol, VA
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $250.00

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
June 26, 2000 - June 27, 2000 (2 days)
Greensboro, NC
Purpose - speak to outdoor writers assoc. of amer
Total Cost - $1,420.00

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
May 19, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (3 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Board members annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,536.50

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 27, 2002 - April 29, 2002 (3 days)
Reno, NV
Purpose - To participate in the NRA's annual event
Total Cost - $1,636.26

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 26, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - To participate in the NRA's Annual Board Meeting
Total Cost - $3,266.66

GRASSLEY, CHARLES E - Republican Party
April 23, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - attend NRA convention
Total Cost - $1,923.50

MILLER, ZELL BRYAN - Democratic Party
April 26, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,468.00

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - NRA Board Meeting
Total Cost - $1,672.39

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Pittsburgh, PA
Purpose - Annual Board Meeting
Total Cost -

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
September 30, 2005 - October 4, 2005 (5 days)
Anchorage, AK
Purpose - NRA board meeting
Total Cost - $1,278.23

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.