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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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Time Warner - $17,754.24 spent on 13 trips
87.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
13.0% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Conference with executive officers and legal staff of AOL- TW regarding legislation relating its on-line music distribution services
Total Cost - $910.00

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - speaking -- award recipient
Total Cost - $633.99

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Trumpet Awards and Dinner
Total Cost - $472.22

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (4 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - recipient of the "tower of power" award at the 10th annual trumpet awards, Turner Broadcasting, guest of honor at other related events over a three-day period
Total Cost - $4,371.10

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
March 24, 2004 - March 24, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Travel from Washington to Wilmington following an appearance on "Larry King Live"
Total Cost - $638.06

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
March 18, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $103.56

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
May 13, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $27.50

LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH I - Democratic Party
July 15, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Senator was guest on Late Edition
Total Cost - $103.56

EMANUEL, RAHM - Democratic Party
August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Total Cost - $2,194.89

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
December 6, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Appearance on CNN Program "NewsNight with Aaron Brown"
Total Cost - $250.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 18, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Live taping of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Total Cost - $1,896.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
April 19, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Appearance on CNN's Crossfire
Total Cost - $416.70

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.