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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.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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    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.
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Back to The Data

Office of

Jim Cooper


Total cost of 17 office trips: $54,214.41


Trips by Jim Cooper
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $49,230.62

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $662.01
source

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

Destination: RALEIGH DURHAM
Sponsor: MOREHEAD FOUNDATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN MOREHEAD ALUMNI FORUM
Date: Mar 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $215.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: Thomas Cressey Equity Partners
Purpose: PARTICIPATION/SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,297.13
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-WILLIAMSBURG, VA-NASHVILLE
Sponsor: New Democrat Network
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $608.40
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,797.40
source

Destination: NASHVILLE FAIRBANKS, BEAVER, ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NAT'L WILDLIFE REFUGE, KAKTOVIK-FAIRBANKS-GULFPORT, MS
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTH JUSTICE, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB, WITTERNESS SOCIETY, WORLD WILDLIFE FEE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING/ENERGY & WILDERNESS ISSUE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,559.76
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES - SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - BRISBANE - CARNES L.A.
Sponsor: American Australian Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $25,441.56
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,121.40
source

Destination: D.C. - BOSTON
Sponsor: Healthcare Association of New York State
Purpose: SPEAK
Date: Jul 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $428.62
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,679.79
source

Destination: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,843.55
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Cooper

Thomas Fields
Christi Granstaff
Laura Haynes
Anne Kim



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.