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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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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Connell Co - $28,993.41 spent on 26 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
September 18, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Speaker at seminar
Total Cost - $579.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
May 20, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - participated in seminar
Total Cost - $469.50

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
July 21, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Participate in seminar
Total Cost - $316.00

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
May 5, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - Speech to employees of The Connell Company
Total Cost - $430.00

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
July 17, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $479.50

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
May 1, 2000 - May 2, 2000 (2 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - luncheon seminar
Total Cost - $450.00

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
April 17, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - To participate in seminar series
Total Cost - $83.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Legislative update to company employees.
Total Cost - $342.50

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
January 8, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,412.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,528.50

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
March 2, 2004 - March 2, 2004 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,558.70

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Co-sponsor(s): American International Group
Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Total Cost - $513.34

KENNEDY, PATRICK J - Democratic Party
May 28, 2003 - May 28, 2003 (1 days)
NJ
Purpose - Legislative luncheon
Total Cost - $900.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 9, 2000 (1 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $511.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
April 30, 2003 - April 30, 2003 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $563.50

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 23, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose -
Total Cost - $568.70

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 8, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (4 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - To speak about current legislative issues/addressing a group of executives at the Connell Company
Total Cost - $3,050.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 7, 2001 - September 9, 2001 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - address a group of Connell Group executives on a variety of political issues
Total Cost - $3,184.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - Participation in seminar series on the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $1,677.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 5, 2003 - September 7, 2003 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meeting with the president of the Connell Company
Total Cost - $2,516.44

DORGAN, BYRON L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Total Cost - $993.00

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Speaking engagement for the Connell Company's seminar series on the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $570.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 10, 2004 - September 13, 2004 (4 days)
NJ
Purpose - Attended luncheon to address Senior Executives
Total Cost - $2,466.13

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 6, 2005 - May 6, 2005 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a seminar entitled "The 109th Congress" and provide updated information on legislative activities in foreign trade, taxes, and the economy.
Total Cost - $831.60

HASTINGS, ALCEE L - Democratic Party
July 16, 2004 - July 17, 2004 (2 days)
Rahway, NJ
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

MCNULTY, MICHAEL R - Democratic Party
April 27, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.