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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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  • 08.28.14

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Office of

Cliff Stearns


Total cost of 40 office trips: $81,122.58


Trips by Cliff Stearns
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $34,937.89

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE PRAYER, POLITICS & RECONCILIATION RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $777.50
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,790.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: "IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISITS TO SINGAPORE PROGRAM"
Date: Jan 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $5,221.30
source

Destination: COLOGNE & BONN, GERMANY; LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE/IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,940.00
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: WineAmerica
Purpose: TO INVESTIGATE REGULATORY ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE WINE INDUSTRY, INCLUDING INTERSTATE SHIPMENT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM, AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,000.54
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD (FT. LAUDERDALE)
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT DINNER
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $846.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-LAS VEGAS-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON HIGH TECH ISSUES FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS AND TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER HIGH TECH MATTERS
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,228.95
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ-DETROIT, MI, WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CURRENT ISSUES FACING AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,770.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO-WASHINGTON-PARIS-STUTTGART-GAINESVILLE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,363.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Cliff Stearns

Ali Amirhooshmand
Lana Breeden
Veronica Crowe
Nick Dietzer
David Hickey
James Hill
Kevin Holmgren
Matthew Mandel
Jack Seum
Lauren Smith
Joan Smutko



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.