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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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Republican Jewish Coalition - $26,280.02 spent on 9 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
January 31, 2003 - February 2, 2003 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Republican Jewish Coalition Conference guest speaker
Total Cost - $2,254.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
March 1, 2003 - March 3, 2003 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Aventura, FL - Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Republican Jewish Coalition Conference and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee reception; guest speaker at both events
Total Cost - $1,449.92

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
June 28, 2003 - June 30, 2003 (3 days)
Orange County, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Orange County Republican Party of California
Purpose - keynote speaker at a Republican Party of Orange County Event - Keynote speaker at RJC Events in Orange County and Los Angeles
Total Cost - $688.70

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
December 16, 2003 - December 17, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - keynote speaker at Republican Jewish Coalition Hanukah event
Total Cost - $500.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Republican Jewish Coalition winter meeting guest speaker
Total Cost - $555.40

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
January 31, 2003 - February 2, 2003 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - speaker at annual RJC conference
Total Cost - $5,200.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
August 6, 2004 - August 10, 2004 (5 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - To gain insight into the US-Israel relationship and US assistance programs to Israel
Total Cost - $7,175.00

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
March 12, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (1 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Guest speaker for Republican Jewish Coalition Winter Meeting
Total Cost - $515.00

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
August 15, 2004 - August 20, 2004 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - To learn more about Israel and meet with members of its government
Total Cost - $7,942.00

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.