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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

Robert Wexler


Total cost of 85 office trips: $373,138.13


Trips by Robert Wexler
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $174,763.87

Destination: MOROCCO; KUWAIT; UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; OMAN
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: EDUCATION/MEETING W/GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $14,408.92
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $3,160.80
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, AMMAN, BEIRUT
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,408.27
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: US-Turkish Business Counsel of Deik
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $11,915.00
source

Destination: SAUDI ARABIA; BAHRAIN
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Oct 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $10,517.17
source

Destination: TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,419.05
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,786.00
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,221.68
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,616.66
source

Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-MEETINGS W/ GOVT. OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,772.79
source

Destination: KAZAKHSTAN
Sponsor: Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Purpose: MTG W/ GOVT. OFFICIALS/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $29,950.72
source

Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, CAIRO, TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; MTG W/ OFFICIALS
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $11,991.33
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,539.00
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US-GERMANY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $8,120.55
source

Destination: BERLIN
Sponsor: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,571.55
source

Destination: VIENNA-BRATSLAVA-BUDEPEST
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: MTGS W/GOVT. OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,787.72
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS IN JORDAN & ISRAEL
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,461.75
source

Destination: KRAKOW & WARSAW, POLAND
Sponsor: Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $7,250.85
source

Destination: WASH, DC-BEIJING, CHINA-NANJING, CHINA-SHANGHAI, CHINA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: CASI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN & CHINA CONTACT FRIENDLY ASSOC.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,914.06
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Wexler

Debra Armentrout
Eva Cargill
James De Jesus
Eric Johnson
Jonathan Katz
Jacob Kurtz
Jacob Kurtzer
Lale Mamaux
Ellen Mclaren
Joshua Rogin
Halie Soifer
Suzanne Stoll
Halie Suifer
Lisa White
Eugene Wilk



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.