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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association - $23,574.90 spent on 16 trips
26.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
73.1% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - speech to conference on issues to be debated during reopening of the 1996 Telcom Act in 2005.
Total Cost - $520.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 12, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - to attend the CTIA retreat
Total Cost - $2,030.90

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 4, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - Participate on panel discussion of technology policy issues at CTIA annual policy meeting.
Total Cost - $1,087.36

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - conference on telecommunications issues.
Total Cost - $958.51

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
May 16, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $1,285.88

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 21, 2004 - March 23, 2004 (3 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - to participate in the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association's annual convention
Total Cost - $1,718.80

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
February 26, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Telecommunications conference
Total Cost - $1,045.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - CTIA Wireless 2000 convention
Total Cost - $1,225.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
May 4, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - Speech and participate in panel discussions on wireless industry
Total Cost - $774.70

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 27, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - CTIA Wireless 2000 Convention
Total Cost - $1,225.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - 2002 wireless convention
Total Cost - $934.09

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaker, annual conference
Total Cost - $2,743.42

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - CTIA annual conference
Total Cost - $2,783.42

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
VA
Purpose - members and executives of wireless industry discuss matters affecting the wireless industry
Total Cost - $1,486.49

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - 5th Annual Policy Retreat
Total Cost - $2,622.73

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Hot Springs, VA
Purpose - To participate in CTIA's annual policy conference
Total Cost - $1,133.60

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.