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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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Business Government Relations Council - $24,018.90 spent on 10 trips
88.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
12.0% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
October 18, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (2 days)
Lewisburg, WV
Purpose - Speaker at Business Government Relations Council's annual meeting
Total Cost - $3,485.22

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
October 18, 2002 - October 20, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech at the Business Government Relations Council Meeting
Total Cost - $3,339.16

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To speak at the Business Government Relations Council Annual Conference/Meeting
Total Cost - $3,440.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
October 17, 2002 - October 20, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at the BGRC annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,035.00

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Co-sponsor(s): CSX Corporation, BP
Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Total Cost - $974.00

WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate and be keynote speaker for the Annual business Government Relations Council meeting
Total Cost - $1,900.00

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 18, 2003 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - spoke on panel regarding class action reform, with a number of members of congress
Total Cost - $1,486.60

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Guest Speaker at the GoBusiness-Government Relations Council 2004 Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $3,317.92

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual Meeting, Senator Carper addressed attendees regarding issues facing Congress,
Total Cost - $2,141.10

LANDRIEU, MARY L - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaker at Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,899.90

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.