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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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Assn of Trial Lawyers of America - $28,735.74 spent on 19 trips
92.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
8.0% spent on Republican Party

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
July 18, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,051.29

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Total Cost - $607.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Total Cost - $801.50

PELOSI, NANCY - Democratic Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,844.25

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 10, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA - New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speech to ATLA's mid-winter convention
Total Cost - $3,109.75

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speech to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter Conference
Total Cost - $3,830.02

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
July 31, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,278.70

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
February 23, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (2 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - Keynote address at Annual Conference.
Total Cost -

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
August 4, 2000 - August 4, 2000 (1 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $250.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,589.61

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (4 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - To speak at the annual convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers
Total Cost - $3,400.00

LEAHY, PATRICK - Democratic Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - speech to the association
Total Cost - $2,021.15

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
May 12, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (2 days)
Lansing, MI
Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Michigan trial Lawyers Banquet
Total Cost - $783.60

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - Speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $3,757.50

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speech to A.T.L.A. luncheon
Total Cost - $654.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 30, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (1 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker, American Trial Lawyers Association 2005 Winter Convention
Total Cost - $260.00

STABENOW, DEBBIE - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (2 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,190.88

DURBIN, RICHARD J - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (1 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Deliver keynote address at opening plenary session of annual conference of Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $839.73

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (2 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Luncheon speaker for ATLA annual convention
Total Cost - $466.76

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.