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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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National Cable & Telecommunications Assn - $102,697.25 spent on 33 trips
37.4% spent on Democratic Party
1.7% spent on Independent Party
60.9% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend 51st convention and NCTA board/congressional event
Total Cost - $1,406.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - None specified
Total Cost - $2,455.69

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
September 17, 2003 - September 17, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - NCTA/National Association of Minorities in Communication Board of Directors Meeting
Total Cost - $310.00

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend educational meetings regarding telecommunications
Total Cost - $4,810.08

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - participant at its annual convention
Total Cost - $2,441.10

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 6, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (2 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - NCTA Cable conference and relationship building between NCTA and CBC
Total Cost - $1,702.65

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
June 9, 2001 - June 12, 2001 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - to participate in NCTA Convention
Total Cost - $2,993.89

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - participation in annual convention
Total Cost - $5,267.16

FLETCHER, ERNIE - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - 51st annual convention -- educational meetings and exposition
Total Cost - $2,260.01

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
June 7, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - To attend the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's 52nd annual convention and international exposition
Total Cost - $5,641.24

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
May 1, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - to participate in the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's annual conference
Total Cost - $4,724.57

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at banquet
Total Cost - $2,738.09

NORWOOD, CHARLES W - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - attend cable 2002 convention, speech at public policy lunch
Total Cost - $3,750.19

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speak at NCTA, participate in panel discussions - meet with Wisconsin cable and telecommunication representatives - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on digital and broadband services, technology and hardware
Total Cost - $5,929.60

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend NCTA's annual convention
Total Cost - $1,031.53

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
May 7, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $1,662.00

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - conference speaker
Total Cost - $2,510.28

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
June 5, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (5 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - To learn and understand the current trends of the industry to be more knowledgeable about current and potential law that will affect HDTV
Total Cost - $5,114.84

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Attend National Cable Television Conference and speak to Tribune Management Forum.
Total Cost - $1,822.50

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
June 6, 2003 - June 8, 2003 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - public policy forum on industry issues
Total Cost - $2,882.02

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 8, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - To deliver speech to the 49th Annual Convention and International Exposition of the National Television Association
Total Cost - $1,477.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - attend national convention, fact finding, see demonstration of new technology
Total Cost - $1,163.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Speaking and participate in roundtable - Montanans present
Total Cost - $2,496.84

DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW - Democratic Party
June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,067.50

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Total Cost - $320.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
May 2, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Remarks at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Total Cost - $687.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Attend conference
Total Cost - $1,704.62

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Educational, public policy
Total Cost - $4,019.13

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - To attend the 2005 National Show sponsored by the NCTA to meet with cable providers, programmers and suppliers to learn first hand how the industry operates and their public policy concerns.
Total Cost - $8,350.05

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 3, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speak before NCTA, meet w/executives in cable and telecom, meet w/WI members of NCTA, attend educational sessions, view exhibits
Total Cost - $3,941.42

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 31, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Annual convention/educational
Total Cost - $5,767.94

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Attend meeting with cable executives; attend annual NCTA convention, and speak at Diversity Session
Total Cost - $5,152.60

BLACKBURN, MARSHA W - Republican Party
April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (3 days)
Oakland, CA
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $4,096.71

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.