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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

  • 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.

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.

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Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers - $13,424.99 spent on 10 trips
31.1% spent on Democratic Party
12.1% spent on Independent Party
56.8% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - To meet auto industry executives and attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Total Cost - $1,217.82

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI
Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Total Cost - $1,542.06

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Total Cost - $1,917.63

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - fact-finding meeting
Total Cost - $737.89

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 3, 2004 - January 4, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact finding meeting in Detroit, MI
Total Cost - $1,554.79

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to learn more about current issues facing automobile industry
Total Cost - $1,770.00

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $442.20

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,606.20

RUSH, BOBBY LEE - Independent Party
January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Three day fact finding meeting
Total Cost - $1,620.40

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Tour of the North American Automobile show
Total Cost - $1,016.00

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.