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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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  • 08.29.14

    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

Frank Murkowski


Total cost of 79 office trips: $205,977.40


Trips by Frank Murkowski
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $56,177.47

Destination: LONDON AND MADRID
Sponsor: BP, RIO TINTO, EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE
Purpose: WORLD ENERGY BRIEFINGS BY BP, INTL. MINERAL MARKET FORECAST FOR 2000 AND BEYOND BRIEFINGS BY RIO TINTO, MEETING WITH SPANISH ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION AND A SITE VISIT TO THEIR NUCLEAR PLANT FACILITIES
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,644.37
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: MGN Inc
Purpose: SITE VISIT, SKULL VALLEY NUCLEAR DISPOSAL SITE
Date: Feb 14, 2000
Expense: $2,842.06
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,392.60
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $6,508.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAR, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,690.45
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA (MINN. TO PHILA. TO DC)
Sponsor: US Association for Energy Economics
Purpose: SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $1,387.00
source

Destination: TUSCON, AZ
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEECH AND DISCUSSION PANEL PARTICIPANT AT THE INSTITUTE'S CEO MEETING
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $6,234.29
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Conoco Phillips
Purpose: SHIP CHRISTENING
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,571.88
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE VALDEZ FAIRBANKS, DEADHORSE, KATAVIK NULGOUT ABD, BURROW, ALEXA
Sponsor: ALYESKA PIPELINE SERVICES CO., ERA AVIATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RELATED TO THE EXPLORATION DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSPORTATION OF OIL AND GAS FROM THE ALASKA NORTH SLOPE AND ASSOCIATED COMMUNITIES
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,340.00
source

Destination: BIG SPRING, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: WIND POWER TOUR AND ENERGY/NUCLEAR BRIEFING
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,556.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Williams Companies
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $4,747.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,844.92
source

Destination: TALKEETNA, ALASKA
Sponsor: Waterfall Committee
Purpose: ALASKA 2001 YOUTH SUMMIT
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,906.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL OVERVIEW CRUISE
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Frank Murkowski

James Beirne
Joseph Brenckle
Colleen Deegan
Christine Drager
David Dye
Isaac Edwards
Kathleen Elder
Ivette Fernandez
Charles Freeman
David Garman
Joel Gilbertson
Kelly Johnson
Daniel Kish
Andrew Lundquist
Brian Malnak
Nancy Murkowski
Kristin Phillips
Howard Useem
William Woolf



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.