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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 |
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

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  • 08.28.14

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    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

Mike Simpson


Total cost of 27 office trips: $54,253.04


Trips by Mike Simpson
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $18,248.43

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER IN QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $265.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS-FT. LAUDERDALE-D.C.
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE-CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSN'S WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,952.20
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Association of Orthodontists
Purpose: SPEAKING AT AAO LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: SELLAFIELD, ENGLAND
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: VISITING BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN SELLAFIELD, ENGLAND
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,590.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE/CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKING AT FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,463.33
source

Destination: IDAHO FALLS, IF - DAYTONA, FL - WASH, D.C.
Sponsor: Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO PHYSICIANS DEDICATED TO RESEARCH AND FUNDING FOR EAR-NOSE-THROAT RELATED DISORDERS
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: EAR, NOSE, THROAT DOCTORS
Purpose: SPOKE TO DOCTORS REGARDING CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES INTL. HEALTH CARE FIELD AND ISSUES RELATED TO THE LABOR HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,547.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mike Simpson

Karl Anderson
Joshua Heird
Sharon Mcmurtrey
Megan Milam
John Revier
Rhonda Sarantis
Lindsay Slater



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.