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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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AFL-CIO - $20,029.34 spent on 19 trips
95.1% spent on Democratic Party
4.9% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
August 20, 2000 - August 21, 2000 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $491.74

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
June 19, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $688.07

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 11, 2001 - February 14, 2001 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,568.22

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement, conference participant
Total Cost - $2,177.51

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
Falmouth, MA
Purpose - Speech at conference
Total Cost - $230.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
March 9, 2004 - March 11, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - participate in annual meetings
Total Cost - $1,270.90

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 14, 2003 - January 15, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Co-sponsor(s): National Organization of Legal Service Workers, United Auto Workers
Purpose - speech to National Organization of Legal Service Workers
Total Cost - $321.14

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 6, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL - Miami, FL
Purpose - speak at winter executive committee meeting
Total Cost - $1,999.40

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
February 12, 2001 - February 13, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaker at AFL-CIO Executive Council Winter Meeting
Total Cost - $1,723.22

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
February 22, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - speak at the executive committee meeting of TTD
Total Cost - $687.83

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 9, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $216.50

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 14, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Participant in leadership panel to discuss Census 2000, HIV/AIDS in the African community, and issues of black farmers; participant in Martin Luther King commemoration activities
Total Cost - $2,552.92

KUCINICH, DENNIS J - Democratic Party
January 29, 2005 - January 31, 2005 (3 days)
Tacoma, WA
Co-sponsor(s): America In Solidarity
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $983.79

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
February 28, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attended Council Meeting regarding Labor issues on behalf of the Hispanic Caucus as Chairwoman
Total Cost - $823.60

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
August 11, 2004 - August 11, 2004 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Legislative keynote - AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting
Total Cost - $325.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 25, 2004 - June 26, 2004 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - AFL-CIO Legislative Conference - Legislative update keynote
Total Cost - $647.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
June 14, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (1 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - Speak at immigration rally
Total Cost - $562.50

KENNEDY, EDWARD MOORE - Democratic Party
July 25, 2005 - July 25, 2005 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Remarks/speech
Total Cost - $1,760.00

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.