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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

Saxby Chambliss


Total cost of 107 office trips: $204,995.71


Trips by Saxby Chambliss
Total cost of congressperson's 27 trips: $72,294.25

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING; RECEIVING LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,451.10
source

Destination: MACON, GA/JACKSONVILLE, FL/KINGSLAND, GA/WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Mead Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING TO ANNUAL GOVT. AFFAIRS/PUBLIC AFFAIRS MEETING
Date: Sep 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,800.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE/CHICAGO BOARD & TRADE
Purpose: SPEAK TO FUTURE'S INDUSTRY ASSN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,727.20
source

Destination: NAPA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Georgia Bankers Association
Purpose: SPOKE TO GBA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,077.36
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $15,769.20
source

Destination: KINGSLAND, GA
Sponsor: MEAD CORP USA/COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES
Purpose: SPEAKING TO PUBLIC AFFAIRS MEETING OF BOTH COMPANIES
Date: Sep 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,440.00
source

Destination: DULUTH, GA
Sponsor: Georgia Electric Membership Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK TO GEORGIA EMC ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Nov 12, 2001
Expense: $508.25
source

Destination: JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,642.34
source

Destination: FROM AUGUSTA, GA TO D.C.
Sponsor: Southern Co
Purpose: TOUR PLANT VOGTLE
Date: Dec 10, 2001
Expense: $638.00
source

Destination: PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association Inc
Purpose: SPEAK TO THEIR ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $919.00
source

Destination: ALBANY, GEORGIA
Sponsor: QUAIL UNLIMITED
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT MADDOX CONSERVATION DINNER
Date: Feb 1, 2003
Expense: $330.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SPEAK AT FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 28TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE HOSTED BY CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,165.70
source

Destination: BOCA RATON AND WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: United States Sugar Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH U.S. SUGAR CORPORATION AND FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE MEMBERS
Date: Mar 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $561.16
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: State Bar of Georgia
Purpose: REMARKS TO GEORGIA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTIAL INAGURAL DINNER GALA
Date: Jun 14, 2003
Expense: $356.00
source

Destination: ITALY
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE ANSALDO-CAMOZZI NUCLEAR AND SPECIAL COMPONENTS FACILITY IN ITALY
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $18,911.81
source

Destination: ATHENS, GA
Sponsor: University of Georgia
Purpose: TERRY COLLEGE GALA AUCTION
Date: Oct 5, 2003
Expense: $199.50
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, GA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Heckler & Koch
Purpose: REMARKS AT HECKLER & KOCH GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Date: Oct 14, 2003
Expense: $801.00
source

Destination: MOBRIDGE AND POLLOCK, SD
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: REMARKS AT DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM ANNUAL REVIEW BREAKFAST
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,415.22
source

Destination: DALTON, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Carpet and Rug Institute
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE CARPET AND RUG INSTITUTE ANNUAL CONFERENCE LUNCHEON
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $1,111.32
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Arthritis Foundation
Purpose: REMARKS AT ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, GEORGIA CHAPTER 2003 CRYSTAL BALL
Date: Oct 25, 2003
Expense: $265.00
source

Destination: FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Federal Bar Association
Purpose: REMARKS TO FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY CHAPTER JUDICIAL APPRECIATION DINNER
Date: Feb 19, 2004
Expense: $386.20
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Wake County Republican Party
Purpose: REMARKS TO WAKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY PRESIDENT'S DAY DINNER
Date: Feb 20, 2004
Expense: $1,387.40
source

Destination: WARNER ROBINS, GA
Sponsor: MUSEUM OF AVIATION
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL ROBERT SCOTT HERITAGE SOCIETY BANQUET
Date: May 28, 2004
Expense: $131.00
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Purpose: SPEAKING AT COTTON WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,155.13
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: REMARKS TO NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION 23RD ANNUAL CONVENTION AND SPORT SHOW ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Date: Feb 19, 2005
Expense: $617.70
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO BOARD OF TRAVEL
Purpose: REMARKS AT FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE-WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $3,127.96
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA ANNUAL BANQUET
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,399.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Saxby Chambliss

Candice Ashton
Cameron Bruett
Debbie Cannon
Walker Clarkson
John Gillies
Richard Goddard
J Krister Holladay
Vernie Hubert
James Irwin
Joseph Jakub
David Johnson
Josh Jordan
Rob Leebern
R D Leeborn
Rob Leeborn
Camila Mclean
Steven Meeks
Stephen Norton
Jason Onimet
Elizabeth Philpot
Monty Philpot
Martha Poindexter
Heather Reilly
Alex Shively
Eric Steiner
Lindsay Taylor
Gregory Wright



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.