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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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  • 08.28.14

    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 big 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 big 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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Office of

Robert Simmons


Total cost of 17 office trips: $44,896.72


Trips by Robert Simmons
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $29,299.56

Destination: RETREAT AT THE GRIENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose:
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,629.40
source

Destination: KARE-WOODS TOUR-OREGON & CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: FACT FINDING-SUSTAINABLE USE OF MANAGED FORESTS
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,440.68
source

Destination: AMERICAN LEGION-MISSOURI
Sponsor: American Legion
Purpose: SPEAKING AT NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Aug 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $124.00
source

Destination: CHINA-SHIJIAZHUANG, XIBAIPO, BEIJING, BADALING
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: MEET W/ CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BUILD COMPUTER LAB IN A RURAL COMMUNITY
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $16,724.99
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF POLICY & ISSUES PERTAINING TO SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,563.22
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: FORUM FOR MEMBERS & INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN & TO DISCUSS POLICY TO REBUILD SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,310.09
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INTERNATIONAL (PAI) AND US COMMITTEE FOR UNFPA
Purpose: TO EXAMINE PROGRAMS FUNDED BY THE U.N. POPULATION FUND AND DISCUSS ISSUES CONCERNING HOMELAND SECURITY
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $5,317.18
source

Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTERS QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Simmons

Jennifer Diggins
Michael Dillon
Shauna Hewes
Michael Liles
James Mitchell
Jeff Nelson
Amy Pellegrino



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 big 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.