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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.

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  • 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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Confederation of India Industry - $245,412.64 spent on 21 trips
90.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.6% spent on Republican Party

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
India
Purpose - educational mission
Total Cost - $17,507.64

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact finding on US- India relations and bilateral trade
Total Cost - $8,706.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Total Cost - $16,873.28

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 15, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (4 days)
Bombay, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Speeches to business groups, meeting with government officials
Total Cost - $432.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (15 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, speech to businessmen visit to Bangladesh to meet with government officials, businessmen, UNFPA projects, Grameen Bank
Total Cost - $8,888.76

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
India
Purpose - Meetings with senior representatives in national state governments in India
Total Cost - $8,010.86

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
March 24, 2000 - March 24, 2000 (1 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - At the request of Speak Hastert, I represented the Speaker on President Clinton's March 18-26 mission aboard Air Force One to Bangladesh and India. While in India, I attended meetings of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian parliamentarians
Total Cost - $1,850.00

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $15,955.08

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Bangalore, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Total Cost - $842.33

MAJETTE, DENISE L - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation headed by Rep. Joe Crowley to explore U.S. political, economic and defense ties to India, address Kashmir crisis, bilateral trade. Meetings with various ministers, including defense government officials and USAID project sites
Total Cost - $17,655.78

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - CODEL
Total Cost - $17,951.66

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - Cochin, India
Purpose - Confederation of Indian Industries Partnership Summit
Total Cost - $17,735.09

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - congressional delegation to India - fact finding trip
Total Cost - $18,800.30

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (10 days)
India
Purpose - educational - speech
Total Cost - $15,916.12

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,221.68

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $8,690.08

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $13,818.89

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
June 25, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (8 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact Finding
Total Cost - $12,095.86

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $7,552.98

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
India
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $9,637.99

ISRAEL, STEVE - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Total Cost - $20,270.26

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.