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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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  • 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 | 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

Kendrick Meek


Total cost of 35 office trips: $116,722.28


Trips by Kendrick Meek
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $75,107.75

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VA.
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $22,254.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR TO MUMBAI, INDIA TO DELHI, INDIA TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: INDIAN DEFENSE & SECURITY ISSUES & IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING
Date: Apr 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $17,596.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: DISCUSS MILITARY DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES WITH ISRAELI OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $10,876.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA-CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
Purpose: HOSPICE CARE RECEPTIONS AND MEETINGS
Date: Sep 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,028.41
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ISSUES RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,433.00
source

Destination: TURKS AND CAICOS
Sponsor: Turks and Caicos Peoples National Party
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE PEOPLE'S NATIONAL PARTY CONVENTION
Date: Aug 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,631.00
source

Destination: ST KITTS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: 9TH ANNUAL MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL-CHAPEL HILL, NC-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH ON "PERSPECTIVES ON GOVERNANCE" TO NEW STRATEGIES FOR SOUTHERN PROGRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,422.17
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL-MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH AND POLITICS INSTITUTE-NOTE: MEMBERS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE PAID 1,000 OF EXPENSES FOR MEMBER AND SPOUSE AND THE ENTIRE COSTS OF 2 CHILDREN
Purpose: PURPOSE OF 7TH CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA WAS TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH BY VISITING HISTORICAL LOCATIONS AND DISCUSSING HISTORY WITH VARIOUS LEADERS
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,710.00
source

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

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ORANGEBURG, SC MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Claflin University
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN WAS THE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY'S GRADUATION CEREMONY ON SATURDAY MAY 14,2005
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $992.84
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ORLANDO, FL MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORS PAID FOR HOTEL ROOM. VALUED SERVICES, LLC PAID FOR PLANE TICKET, TRANSPORTATION & MEALS
Purpose: SERVE AS A PANELIST ON DISCUSSION "THE FUTURE OF PAYDAY ADVANCE" AT THE NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORS SUMMIT
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $922.03
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC.-DESTIN, FL-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN MODERATED A GENERAL SESSION AT THE NAACP LEADERSHIP 500 SUMMIT IN DESTIN, FL
Date: May 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,351.40
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: 100 Black Men of America and affiliates
Purpose: PANELIST ON WORKSHOP AT THE 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,774.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CHICAGO, IL-NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 3RD ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $821.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Kendrick Meek

Tasha Cole
Sabrina Nawalrai
Joyce Postell
John Schelble
Clarence Williams



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.