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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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NAACP Detroit Branch - $42,793.17 spent on 36 trips
93.5% spent on Democratic Party
6.3% spent on Independent Party
0.3% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - April 16, 2000 (2 days)
Oakridge, TN
Purpose - Keynote speaker for Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Total Cost - $970.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
April 27, 2002 - April 27, 2002 (1 days)
Americus, GA
Purpose - deliver keynote speech
Total Cost - $500.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
July 8, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (1 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - speak on panel
Total Cost - $1,459.09

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 23, 2000 (2 days)
Denver, CO
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,203.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 10, 2003 - October 11, 2003 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,017.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 25, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,413.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,029.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
November 9, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (2 days)
Carbondale, IL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $645.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
April 13, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $3,382.79

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
November 16, 2001 - November 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $3,559.63

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 9, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Participate as a panelist at 92nd annual convention
Total Cost - $1,044.25

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 23, 2001 - March 24, 2001 (2 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Keynote speaker for Freedom Fund dinner
Total Cost - $300.75

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 6, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (3 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - speak at annual conference
Total Cost - $315.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
October 25, 2001 - October 26, 2001 (2 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $3,292.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speaker on "Women in the NAACP"
Total Cost - $2,750.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - keynote speaker at NAACP freedom fund dinner
Total Cost - $2,368.50

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 25, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (4 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - speak at a public policy reception; NAACP career day speaker; NAACP hip-hop summit speaker; NAACP freedom fund dinner speaker
Total Cost - $3,780.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
May 21, 2004 - May 21, 2004 (1 days)
Columbia, SC
Purpose - Speech to South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP
Total Cost - $1,300.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Speak at NAACP members at annual convention
Total Cost - $108.00

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
July 12, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (1 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $149.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 14, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (2 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Dr. Martin Luther King Event
Total Cost - $894.90

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
February 13, 2005 - February 13, 2005 (1 days)
Springfield, IL
Purpose - Springfield Branch NAACP 84th Annual Lincoln - Douglas Banquet
Total Cost - $582.78

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Cleveland, OH
Purpose - Speak at Freedom Fund Banquet
Total Cost - $493.90

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 30, 2004 - May 2, 2004 (3 days)
San Diego, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Springfield College
Purpose - Keynote speaker at NAACP training conference; Plenary speaker at Springfield College Conference for Social Service Providers
Total Cost - $801.00

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Speaker
Total Cost - $298.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
Monterey, CA
Purpose - Deliver speech
Total Cost - $435.25

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
October 9, 2004 - October 10, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,494.39

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 15, 2004 (1 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,022.70

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
June 10, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (2 days)
Knoxville, TN
Purpose - Speaking event: Freedom Fund dinner
Total Cost - $517.60

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 29, 2005 (3 days)
Destin, FL
Purpose - The Congressman moderated a general session at the NAACP leadership 500 Summit in Destin, FL
Total Cost - $1,351.40

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Charlotte, NC
Purpose - Speak at Daisy Bates Forum on Education
Total Cost - $538.91

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Fairbanks, AK
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
July 10, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (2 days)
Milwaukee, WI
Purpose - To participate as a guest speaker at the 2005 Annual NAACP Convention
Total Cost - $1,067.33

LEWIS, JOHN - Democratic Party
September 17, 2005 - September 18, 2005 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
October 8, 2005 - October 9, 2005 (2 days)
Portland, ME
Co-sponsor(s): City of Portland
Purpose - Speech/presentation
Total Cost - $709.00

LEWIS, JOHN - Democratic Party
November 3, 2005 - November 4, 2005 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Congressman was being honored/speaking engagement
Total Cost -

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.