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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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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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Office of

Bill Nelson


Total cost of 55 office trips: $60,120.74


Trips by Bill Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $23,277.92

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,698.28
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $516.60
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $674.88
source

Destination: POINT LOOKOUT, MO
Sponsor: College of the Ozarks
Purpose:
Date: May 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,215.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $559.67
source

Destination: MANALAPAN, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Bar Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BUSINESS LAW SECTION OF THE FL BAR'S ANNUAL RETREAT
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $291.15
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,252.01
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Cuban American National Foundation
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CUBAN-AMERICAN NATIONAL FOUNDATION BANQUET
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,179.54
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,873.68
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: May 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,072.47
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Democratic Party
Purpose: ANNUAL JEFFERSON JACKSON DINNER
Date: Jun 12, 2004
Expense: $138.75
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida League of Cities
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 21, 2004
Expense: $140.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR EMBRAER'S AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY HANGAR AT CECIL COMMERCE CENTER
Date: Aug 23, 2004
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S. CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,680.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Everglades Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO THE EVERGLADES COALITION CONFERENCE REGARDING EVERGLADES RESTORATION
Date: Jan 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $399.94
source

Destination: POLK, HILLSBOROUGH & HARDEE COUNTIES
Sponsor: Florida Public Transportation Association
Purpose: AERIAL TOUR AND BRIEFING OF AGRICULTURE, PHOSPHATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, GROWTH PATTERNS AND TRANSPORTATION IN POLK, HILLSBOROUGH AND HARDEE COUNTIES
Date: Apr 22, 2005
Expense: $725.00
source

Destination: SANDESTIN, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NORTHWEST FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NORTHWEST FL LEAGUE OF CITIES ANNUAL DINNER
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $160.95
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bill Nelson

Jaime Allentuck
Shahra Anderson
Rashahra Andreson
Celeste Brown
Peter Contostavlos
Jon Cooper
Leanna Gutierrez
Erin Hatch
Reg Leichty
Kim Luckey
Daniel Mclaughlin
Sheila Nix
Dan Shapiro
Michael Sozan
Caroline Tess
Bridget Walsh



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.