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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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Republican Main Street Partnership - $36,218.84 spent on 21 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
CA
Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Total Cost - $1,187.20

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Total Cost - $1,924.00

BIGGERT, JUDY - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Fundraising for the GOP Main Street Partnership
Total Cost - $1,890.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Fundraising for Republican
Total Cost - $1,186.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Informational
Total Cost - $2,304.49

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - policy discussion
Total Cost - $1,956.32

EHLERS, VERNON J - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (4 days)
CA
Purpose - Meeting with technology companies.
Total Cost - $789.92

GILLMOR, PAUL E - Republican Party
April 23, 2001 - April 26, 2001 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Visit high-tech companies and facilities.
Total Cost - $1,937.40

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Elmira, NY
Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Total Cost - $1,803.44

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA
Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Total Cost - $928.40

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Total Cost - $1,635.66

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Total Cost - $2,975.00

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - To visit firms in the high-tech corridor
Total Cost - $2,299.06

OSE, DOUG - Republican Party
June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - policy
Total Cost - $2,189.00

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
June 21, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - conference to share ideas
Total Cost - $1,709.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
April 23, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Learn about the Silicon Valley high-tech industry
Total Cost - $1,419.50

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
June 8, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - participate in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $514.49

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
June 18, 2001 - June 18, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - to speak at their luncheon held in NYC
Total Cost - $631.00

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - to attend their annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,546.96

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - RMSP New York City Policy Retreat Weekend
Total Cost - $2,392.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
March 16, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (5 days)
Bermuda
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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.