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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

Ted Stevens


Total cost of 61 office trips: $139,748.02


Trips by Ted Stevens
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $56,996.75

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA. MRS. STEVENS ALSO ATTENDED
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,568.60
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Cap Cure
Purpose: REMARKS BY SENATOR TED STEVENS
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $3,144.00
source

Destination: MAUI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2001 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,311.96
source

Destination: ANAHEIM, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL ON ISSUES BEFORE THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMEN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,290.20
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: UNITED STATES TELECOM ASSOCIATION AND VERISON COMMUNICATIONS-COSPONSORS
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE USTA CONFERENCE-TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,263.97
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Fisheries Institute
Purpose: REMARKS GIVEN TO MEETING OF NATIONAL FISHERIES INSTITUTE
Date: Oct 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Lost Tree Chapel Forum
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN FORUM "ARE WE PREPARED FOR THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL TERRORISM"
Date: Mar 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,746.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc
Purpose: REMARKS GIVEN AT THE MIDNIGHT SUN SHIP CHRISTENING
Date: Aug 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,039.55
source

Destination: KITTY HAWK, NC
Sponsor: COMBS AVIATION CO.
Purpose: PLANNING 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAN'S FIRST FLIGHT AT KITTY HAWK, NC. VISITED KITTY HAWK MEMORIAL AT NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Date: Apr 26, 2003
Expense: $1,130.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,913.18
source

Destination: KAVAI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE IN HAWAII PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND DEBATES
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,657.86
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE-PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,177.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: REMARKS AT ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $687.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: REMARKS AT ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,048.20
source

Destination: IRVINGTON VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTEND BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source

Destination: KONA, HI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,523.11
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,704.62
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: Catherine B Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Apr 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,600.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ted Stevens

M Sidney Ashworth
Christine Drager
Ruth Ernst
Andrew Givens
Tom Hawkins
James Hayes
Lesley Kalan
Christine Kurth
George Lowe
Jennifer Lowe
Jason Mulvihill
Matthew Paxton
Mitch Rose
David Russell
Justin Stiefel
Lisa Sutherland
Brian Wilson
John Young



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.