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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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Bobby Rush


Total cost of 25 office trips: $92,401.92


Trips by Bobby Rush
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $56,140.52

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $6,665.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CABLE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY
Date: May 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,476.03
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,507.72
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $6,422.00
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,812.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD COLUMBIA
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,496.96
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,852.00
source

Destination: LUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,258.60
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: THREE DAY FACT FINDING MEETING
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,620.40
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,029.81
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bobby Rush

Nkosi Bradley
Christian Fjeld
William Marshall
Naomi Myers
Kimberly Parker
Yardly Pollas-Kimble



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.