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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.

Back to all reports

American Shipbuilding Assn - $30,815.20 spent on 19 trips
46.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.4% spent on Republican Party

ALLEN, THOMAS H - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Total Cost - $1,527.12

DAVIS, JO ANN S - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Navy shipbuilding workshop
Total Cost - $715.60

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
November 30, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (5 days)
Fort Myers, FL - Naples, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Association's Congressional/Industry workshop for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $2,102.65

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Participant in the American Shipbuilding Association's congressional/industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,777.03

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,611.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - discussion of policy and issues pertaining to shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,562.82

TAYLOR, GENE - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Association Congressional Workshop - policy discussions with shipbuilding representatives and other members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,309.22

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 2, 2002 - December 3, 2002 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Participate in a congressional/industry workshop with leaders of the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,410.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To discuss policy and legislation regarding the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $2,355.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Congressional/Industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,850.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Forum for members and industry to share areas of concern and to discuss policy to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $1,310.09

TAYLOR, GENE - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Workshop for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $1,348.82

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $2,828.71

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (7 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Assn's Congressional Workshop to provide a forum for Members of Congress & leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share ideas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services & the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,724.27

ALLEN, THOMAS H - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,469.37

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Congressional Workshop
Total Cost - $1,441.14

DAVIS, JO ANN S - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Education - Naval Shipbuilding Association
Total Cost - $907.97

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Congressional / Industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,851.84

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,712.55

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.