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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

Edison Electric Institute - $25,320.15 spent on 15 trips
13.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
86.1% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - To deliver the keynote address at the Edison Electric Institute National Accts. Workshop
Total Cost - $734.80

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
September 4, 2001 - September 5, 2001 (2 days)
CO
Purpose - Attend and speak to CEO forum - energy issues
Total Cost - $1,951.25

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
September 1, 2003 - September 3, 2003 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Speak to the Board of Directors and members of the Edison Electric Institute Conference
Total Cost - $1,592.33

PALLONE, FRANK JR - Democratic Party
January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Speech and panel discussion
Total Cost - $2,871.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
June 2, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Speech on energy policy
Total Cost - $1,415.00

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
June 3, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Guest speaker for EEI's policy committee on public and governmental affairs
Total Cost - $1,283.00

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
January 9, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (7 days)
London, England - Madrid, Spain
Co-sponsor(s): BP, Rio Tinto
Purpose - World Energy briefings by BP, intl. Mineral Market, Forecast for 2000 and beyond briefings by Rio Tinto, meeting with Spanish Electric Association and a site visit to their nuclear plant facilities
Total Cost - $5,644.37

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech and discussion panel participant at the institute's CEO meeting
Total Cost - $6,234.29

SMITH, ROBERT - Republican Party
February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,050.27

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $419.50

VOINOVICH, GEORGE V - Republican Party
January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - EEI Energy Conference
Total Cost - $291.13

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement for Edison Electric Institute conference, attend Brookings Institute conference. Philadelphia - Las Vegas
Total Cost - $651.81

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 6, 2005 (1 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Speaking engagement to EEI CEO Conference
Total Cost - $181.40

DOMENICI, PETE V - Republican Party
January 7, 2004 - January 7, 2004 (1 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Co-sponsor(s): Public Service Co of New Mexico
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
February 15, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
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.