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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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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Center for Middle East and Economic Cooperation - $215,586.82 spent on 21 trips
94.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
5.1% spent on Republican Party

ACKERMAN, GARY L - Democratic Party
August 7, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (11 days)
NY - London, England - Damascus, Syria - Jerusalem, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $15,837.78

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Lebanon - Kuwait - Israel
Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Total Cost - $9,270.82

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
December 10, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (9 days)
Syria - Lebanon - Egypt - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Israel
Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Total Cost - $10,281.35

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Damascus, Syria - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact finding trip
Total Cost - $9,157.05

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Morocco - Tunisia - Algeria - Egypt
Purpose - meetings to exchange views on how best to further peace process
Total Cost - $8,351.79

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (10 days)
Middle East
Purpose - Meetings with heads of state
Total Cost - $11,288.59

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
October 5, 2001 - October 10, 2001 (6 days)
Bahrain - Beirut, Lebanon - Paris, France
Purpose - To promote support for the war on terrorism
Total Cost - $10,892.42

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 23, 2000 (7 days)
Morocco - Tunisia - Algeria - Egypt
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,946.00

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
February 17, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (7 days)
Middle East
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $7,878.09

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Morocco - Tunisia - Kuwait - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $10,304.10

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Kuwait - Lebanon - Israel
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $10,827.92

PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
May 2, 2002 - May 8, 2002 (7 days)
Syria - Beirut, Lebanon - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $8,826.75

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Egypt - Syria - Lebanon - Jordan - Israel - Kuwait - Saudi Arabia
Purpose - engage in dialogue with foreign leaders
Total Cost - $12,484.57

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Morocco - Kuwait - United Arab Emirates - Oman
Purpose - Education/meeting w govt officials
Total Cost - $14,408.92

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
October 4, 2001 - October 7, 2001 (4 days)
Saudi Arabia - Bahrain
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $10,517.17

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
November 25, 2001 - November 29, 2001 (5 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $8,419.05

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 17, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $8,408.27

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
June 28, 2002 - July 3, 2002 (6 days)
Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Total Cost - $11,991.33

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 3, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (6 days)
Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Israel
Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Total Cost - $7,772.79

DURBIN, RICHARD J - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Berlin, Germany - Lebanon - Syria - Israel
Purpose - Fact finding - Sen. Durbin met up with Daschle CODEL
Total Cost - $6,284.60

TORRICELLI, ROBERT G - Democratic Party
November 19, 2000 - November 26, 2000 (8 days)
Syria - France - Egypt - Israel
Purpose - fact-finding, consultation
Total Cost - $15,437.46

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.