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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Adam Schiff


Total cost of 29 office trips: $68,166.63


Trips by Adam Schiff
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $29,621.42

Destination: DC-FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,931.45
source

Destination: ARMENIA
Sponsor: Armenian National Committee
Purpose:
Date: Sep 20, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,395.00
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST: EGYPT, SYRIA, LEBANON, JORDAN
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH FOREIGN LEADERS
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $12,484.57
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $913.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: FALL RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,881.68
source

Destination: BURBANK, CA TO RANCHO MIRAGE, CA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CALIFORNIA BIPARTISAN DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $823.19
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,519.68
source

Destination: DULLES TO JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: FORUM ON PAYDAY ADVANCE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Sep 10, 2004
Expense: $1,088.75
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $4,199.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Adam Schiff

Elizabeth Alexander
Timothy Bergreen
Pearl Fu
Haig Kartounian
Paul Kidwell
Rebecca Kutler
Gail Ravnitzky
Adrienne Rose
Philip Tahtakran



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.