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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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Humpty Dumpty Institute - $28,745.85 spent on 26 trips
96.4% spent on Democratic Party
2.4% spent on Independent Party
1.2% spent on Republican Party

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - education
Total Cost - $706.00

BELL, R CHRISTOPHER - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,489.60

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch
Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $2,062.25

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

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

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding about U.S. capital markets and international development issues
Total Cost - $851.91

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meetings with United Nations officials
Total Cost - $336.50

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

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean Basin Workshop
Total Cost - $692.60

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Total Cost - $616.70

HILLIARD, EARL F - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,122.09

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

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - CBC visit to NY Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $2,010.00

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

LOWEY, NITA M - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Total Cost - $50.00

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

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $958.50

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Briefing from U.S. mission to UN, visit to secretariat
Total Cost - $958.50

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

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding and meetings
Total Cost - $601.06

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): US-UN Women's Forum
Purpose - Participate in forum for women
Total Cost - $1,019.38

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
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, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,018.65

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - to attend the retreat on economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean basin
Total Cost - $2,705.20

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - United Nations Meeting
Total Cost - $554.25

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meetings at the United Nations
Total Cost - $1,220.20

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.