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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.

Back to all reports

AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department - $28,099.60 spent on 12 trips
79.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
20.9% spent on Republican Party

ABERCROMBIE, NEIL - Democratic Party
February 8, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $2,724.15

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 11, 2000 - February 15, 2000 (5 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speaking engagements
Total Cost - $2,554.75

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
March 4, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker for Maritime Trades Department's Meeting
Total Cost - $1,453.89

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
February 8, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (5 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - To address annual AEL-CIO Maritime Trades Conference
Total Cost - $2,644.90

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 4, 2004 - March 5, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - to participate in the maritime trades department executive board meeting
Total Cost - $1,580.00

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 19, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (4 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speak at Conference
Total Cost - $625.50

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
February 10, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speak at meeting
Total Cost - $1,700.65

WEYGAND, BOB - Democratic Party
February 10, 2000 - February 13, 2000 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Co-sponsor(s): Seafarers
Purpose - to address conference participants and foster relations w/ membership
Total Cost - $4,040.40

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - MTD Exec Board Convention and presentation
Total Cost - $5,863.79

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Guest speaker to executive board to provide insight on the Legislative issues of concern to the American Maritime industry.
Total Cost - $755.87

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Featured speaker to the Executive Board of the Maritime Trade Department
Total Cost - $1,038.90

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Total Cost - $3,116.80

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.