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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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Inter-American Economic Council - $123,365.29 spent on 27 trips
63.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
36.4% spent on Republican Party

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Meeting with government and business leaders to discuss the economic conditions of the region; to discuss ongoing trade initiatives in the region
Total Cost - $8,123.52

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,554.41

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean Trade Ministerial
Total Cost - $633.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - participated in the business roundtables during the inter-American economic council's 2004 congressional delegation
Total Cost - $8,233.50

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - meet with U.S., and Antigua and Barbados government officials about tourism and financial services industries
Total Cost - $2,831.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - economic development business conference
Total Cost - $1,988.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean trade ministerial/cong. Caribbean caucus
Total Cost - $795.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,102.50

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - US relations with governments of Antigua and Barbados
Total Cost - $3,916.41

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Total Cost - $6,263.67

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Econ. Counsel's 05 Congressional delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $3,159.43

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in business roundtables for Congressional delegation
Total Cost - $5,043.33

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting Of The Caribbean Trade Ministers
Total Cost - $1,166.70

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Meetings with Heads of Government; Heads of State & business leaders to discuss relations between US and Caribbean Nations
Total Cost - $5,043.33

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participated in the Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Cong. Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - To attend a Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua for business roundtables.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Business roundtables 2005 Congressional Delegation
Total Cost - $8,161.97

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Sunny Isles, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with the XXXV Regular Session of the OAS
Total Cost - $1,060.98

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic IV annual business & investment roundtable
Total Cost - $1,118.72

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participated in Inter-American Economic Council IV Annual Business & Investment roundtable session
Total Cost - $884.91

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with XXXV regular session of the OAS general assembly
Total Cost - $1,112.09

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Inter American Economic Council IV annual and investment council
Total Cost - $1,274.29

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.