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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.

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  • 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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Caribbean News - $40,541.93 spent on 27 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Participate in conference with corporate executives, ministers of government etc to explore business and trade opportunities between the US and countries in the Caribbean region.
Total Cost - $1,350.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Bahamas - St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Purpose - Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,350.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Participant in annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,100.00

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
November 8, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - 8th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - CBC Caribbean Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,340.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Grenada
Purpose - Multi National Bus. Conf.
Total Cost - $2,460.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - business conference
Total Cost - $1,968.33

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Grenada
Purpose - Business conference
Total Cost - $1,658.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Business conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Fact-finding; participation on panel
Total Cost - $1,350.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - Caribbean business conference
Total Cost - $757.80

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,350.00

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - to participate in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-national business conference
Total Cost - $1,518.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - Business conference
Total Cost - $1,160.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Grenada
Purpose - Meetings between Caribbean governments and Congressional Black Caucus
Total Cost - $1,100.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
November 27, 2003 - December 1, 2003 (5 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
Total Cost - $1,050.00

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - participation in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-network business conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
November 8, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (5 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - Speaker and congressional participant at the Carib News Fifth Annual Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,340.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - principal participant at New York Carib News eight annual multinational business conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - attend 8th annual Caribbean Multinational Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,100.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - 9th annual Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,315.00

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
November 3, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (5 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Participation in the Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,005.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Conference on Business, Travel and Social Issues
Total Cost - $2,010.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 9, 2004 (6 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Keynote Speaker, Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,005.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Bring together African American and Caribbean American business / civic leaders with Members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,005.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
November 10, 2005 - November 13, 2005 (4 days)
St Thomas, VI
Purpose - Served on panels discussing business and government relations with various business, government, and non profit entities of the Caribbean region
Total Cost - $4,049.00

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.