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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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Verizon - $32,118.08 spent on 12 trips
86.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
13.3% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,066.52

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (1 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Keynote address to conference on wholesale telecommunications services
Total Cost - $750.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - Fact finding tour of the New York Exchange
Total Cost - $1,991.24

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,807.19

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - markets research and fact finding mission
Total Cost - $1,141.09

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $992.42

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 14, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - Congressional Black Caucus visit to New York Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $1,252.37

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - To tour the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nationals. To attend briefings on related issues
Total Cost - $870.55

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - Educational trip to New York City with Congressional Black Caucus
Total Cost - $651.08

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,018.65

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): United States Telecom Association
Purpose - Speech at the USTA conference - telecommunications leadership roundtable
Total Cost - $4,263.97

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe
Co-sponsor(s): Project Consulting Services, iGATE Technologies, Leth Energy Inc
Purpose - In his capacity as co-chair of Congressional Nigeria Caucus & Africa Trade & Investment Caucus; Rep Jefferson led a business delegation to West Africa to explore general investment opportunities & AGOA (African Growth & Opportunity Act)
Total Cost - $16,313.00

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.