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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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 | 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

Norm Coleman


Total cost of 94 office trips: $176,098.80


Trips by Norm Coleman
Total cost of congressperson's 41 trips: $82,587.36

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION CONFERENCE GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Jan 31, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,254.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WV TO HARRISBURG, PA-ROUNDTRIP
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Republican Party
Purpose: REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE OF PENNSYLVANIA LINCOLN DAY DINNER-GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $2,014.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Motion Picture Association of America
Purpose: SENATE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,040.82
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (ADVENTURA AND PALM BEACH)
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION CONFERENCE AND THE AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE RECEPTION-GUEST SPEAKER AT BOTH EVENTS
Date: Mar 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,449.92
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: NATIONAL ASSOC. OF BROADCASTERS ANNUAL CONVENTION-CONGRESSIONAL PANELIST
Date: Apr 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,019.75
source

Destination: LINCOLNSHIRE, IL
Sponsor: Lake County Illinois Republican Federation
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ANNUAL LAKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN FEDERATION EVENT
Date: Apr 25, 2003
Expense: $969.60
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: Lincoln Club of Northern California
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE ANNUAL LINCOLN CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING SEMINAR
Date: Apr 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $847.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Women's National Republican Club
Purpose: WOMEN'S NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CLUB ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM-AWARD RECEIPENT OF THE WNRC LEADERSHIP AWARD
Date: Apr 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $591.00
source

Destination: STEVEN'S POINT, WI
Sponsor: Republican Party of Wisconsin
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF WISCONSIN'S ANNUAL CHAIRMAN'S BANQUET DURING 2003 STATE CONVENTION
Date: May 9, 2003
Expense: $806.50
source

Destination: HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, HEMPSTEAD, NY
Sponsor: Hofstra University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
Date: May 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,287.50
source

Destination: DULUTH, MN
Sponsor: Cirrus Design
Purpose: EGGEBRECHT CHEVROLET-CHEVY TRUCKS ALS FISHING TOURNAMENT-MEET & GREET WITH PARTICIPANTS AT CHARITY EVENT TO TO RAISE FUNDS TO COMPBAT "LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE"-AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS
Date: Jun 14, 2003
Expense: $665.00
source

Destination: ORANGE COUNTY, CA AND LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: ORANGE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA AND THE REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ORANGE COUNTY EVENT KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT RJC EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY AND LOS ANGELES
Date: Jun 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $688.70
source

Destination: ORANGE COUNTY, CA AND LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: ORANGE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA AND THE REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AN REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ORANGE COUNTY EVENT KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT RJC EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY AND LOS ANGELES
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $688.70
source

Destination: MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE, AFRICA
Sponsor: World Vision
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO WORLD VISION INC. FACILITIES
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,359.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: University of Southern California
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR USC'S 5TH ANNUAL WARSCHAW DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,283.93
source

Destination: DULUTH, MN
Sponsor: Cirrus Design
Purpose: REMARKS AT EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR CEREMONY
Date: Oct 11, 2003
Expense: $670.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Hotel & Lodging Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE AMERICAN HOTEL & LODGING ASSOC. HERITAGE DINNER
Date: Nov 11, 2003
Expense: $838.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: PANELIST AT RESTORATION WEEKEND 2003 CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $639.10
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,963.77
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,835.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALTION HANUKAH EVENT
Date: Dec 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PANELIST ON THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,346.72
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Distributed Computing Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE DCIA WINTER MEETING
Date: Feb 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,073.52
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL & NASHVILLE, TE
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: 6TH CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA & TENNESSEE
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION WINTER MEETING-GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $555.40
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,286.88
source

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS/IOWA CITY, IOWA
Sponsor: University of Iowa
Purpose: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
Date: May 15, 2004
Expense: $693.21
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S PROGRAM-POLITICAL ISLAM: CHALLENGES FOR US POLICY
Date: May 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,586.10
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: United Jewish Communities
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE UJC'S JEWISH LEADERSHIP FORUM PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,015.19
source

Destination: TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: TO GAIN INSIGHT INTO THE U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP AND U.S. ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO ISRAEL
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,175.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $688.59
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S 3RD ANNUAL VALLEY DINNER
Date: Sep 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $697.70
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AIPAC MEETING
Date: Sep 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,904.61
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Mid America Capital
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE BANK OWNERS' GROUP LUNCHEON AND ATTEND THE BANK OWNERS' DINNER
Date: Sep 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,321.83
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL LAS VEGAS GALA
Date: Oct 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,789.30
source

Destination: THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN
Sponsor: Arctic Cat Inc
Purpose: ARCTIC CAT HOSTING SECRETARY GALE NORTON TO PRESENT THEIR YELLOWSTONE CERTIFICATION FOR SNOWMOBILE USAGE IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
Date: Oct 12, 2004
Expense: $151.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Republican Party
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION BANQUET
Date: Feb 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,219.90
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION WINTER MEETING
Date: Mar 12, 2005
Expense: $515.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR AIPAC ATLANTA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 2, 2005
Expense: $615.39
source

Destination: NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: LINCOLN CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE LINCOLN CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY ANNUAL DINNER
Date: May 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $713.90
source

Destination: YEREVAN, ARMENIA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: TO ASSESS ARMENIAN PROGRESS ON THEIR MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACCOUNT COMPACT, ARMENIAN FOREIGN POLICY AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE UNITED STATES, AND AN UPDATE ON PEACE CORPS ACTIVITIES IN ARMENIA
Date: May 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $20,732.73
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Norm Coleman

Ben Anderson
Deborah Anderson
David Bowell
Patrick Connolly
Alan Elias
Steven Groves
John Halverson
Jeff Harrison
Lauri Hettinger
Jayne Jones
Lucia Lebens
Michelle Mackey
Tom Mason
Susan Mcdonald
Erich Mische
Andrew Siracuse
Jim Smith
Michelle Spence
Phillip Thomas
Lorianne Woodrow



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.