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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 huge 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 huge 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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John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc. - $9,577.35 spent on 10 trips
22.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
77.5% spent on Republican Party

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
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Boston, MA
Purpose - participated in conference
Total Cost - $1,976.16

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - annual meeting of the Profile in Courage Award Committee
Total Cost - $864.72

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Attend awards ceremony
Total Cost - $1,052.00

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 3, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - attend award committee meeting
Total Cost - $736.25

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Organization meeting
Total Cost - $371.09

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
March 7, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Organization meeting
Total Cost - $1,657.50

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 14, 2001 - May 14, 2001 (1 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Senator spoke at the Library and was honored with its Distinguished American award
Total Cost - $178.00

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meeting of the members of the Profile in Courage award committee
Total Cost - $949.90

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - To attend the Profile in Courage Award Committee Meeting for 2003
Total Cost - $859.59

SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
March 6, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - As a member of the Profile in Courage Selection Committee, travel was necessary to attend their annual meeting to select this year's candidates for the award
Total Cost - $932.14

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 huge 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.