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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

    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.
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Office of

Bob Graham


Total cost of 39 office trips: $110,842.04


Trips by Bob Graham
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $71,397.90

Destination: BRAZIL AND BOLIVIA
Sponsor: Inter-American Dialogue
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS PART OF THE DELEGATION TRAVELING TO LATIN AMERICAN FOR INTER-AMERICAN DIALOGUE
Date: Jan 16, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $3,508.20
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON UNITED STATES POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,192.60
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,433.02
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Richard Bryan Tribute Dinner Committee
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE SENATOR RICHARD BRYAN TRIBUTE DINNER
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $5,148.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,841.20
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS SPONSORED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,258.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE, CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,512.12
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,727.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE ENTITLED U.S. POLICY TOWARD COLUMBIA, AS PART OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,384.96
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,848.80
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,843.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE, CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (13 days)
Expense: $9,701.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Graham

Paul Anderson
Caroline Berver
Peter Dorn
Robert Filippone
Kasey Gillette
Robert Greenawalt
J Bryant Hall
James Hall
Christopher Jackson
Rori Kramer
Lisa Layman
Henry Menn
Melanie Nathanson
Zeviel Simpser
Tiffany Smith
Dana Stefanelli
Amanda Wood



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.