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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Club of Growth - $32,692.24 spent on 17 trips
7.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
92.7% spent on Republican Party

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach. FL
Purpose - Speaking request
Total Cost - $2,379.80

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,380.40

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Congressional Seminar
Total Cost - $3,647.80

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Educational purpose
Total Cost - $1,411.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
March 4, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (11 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Naples, FL
Purpose - Panel participation on Social Security
Total Cost - $2,667.44

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Participated in a panel discussion on urgent political and economic issues of the day for CFG's winter conference
Total Cost - $1,822.80

MCMORRIS, CATHY - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Winter conference
Total Cost - $2,031.40

MCHENRY, PATRICK TIMOTHY - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement, and informational speaker on a series of panels
Total Cost - $1,876.90

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Total Cost - $2,859.30

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Speaking at the Club for Growth Annual Conference
Total Cost - $1,934.40

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To take part in a panel for a Club of Growth Conference
Total Cost - $1,406.60

REICHERT, DAVID CONGRESSMAN - Republican Party
March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
FL
Purpose - The congressman spoke on Tort Reform for their Economic Forum
Total Cost - $2,536.80

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaking to Conference
Total Cost - $1,328.60

FLAKE, JEFF - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To participate in a Club for Growth conference event
Total Cost - $1,729.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
March 10, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (5 days)
FL
Purpose - To speak on current issues before Congress (Tort reform and Social Security)
Total Cost - $1,880.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak on current issues before Congress
Total Cost - $1,800.00

PAUL, RONALD E. - Republican Party
February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.