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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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 | 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

Jesse Jackson


Total cost of 68 office trips: $152,353.97


Trips by Jesse Jackson
Total cost of congressperson's 44 trips: $113,277.09

Destination: MINNEPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: MINNESOTA SPEAKERS FORUM
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 23, 2000
Expense: $1,048.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 25, 2000
Expense: $86.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Smiley Group Inc
Purpose: PANELIST
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,231.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA - PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 19, 2000
Expense: $274.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Chitrahar Broadcasting
Purpose: SPEAKER/RECIPIENT OF AWARD
Date: Aug 19, 2000
Expense: $980.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - JACKSONVILLE, FL - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: People for the American Way Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,329.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: General Mills
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,387.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: NORTHEAST ACTION CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 10, 2001
Expense: $198.00
source

Destination: DXB - DOH
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $19,500.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Morehouse School of Medicine
Purpose: RECEIPT OF HONORARY DEGREE
Date: May 19, 2001
Expense: $1,504.00
source

Destination: N YORK
Sponsor: Nation, The
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $892.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,110.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA - OAKLAND, CA - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 24, 2001
Expense: $2,251.50
source

Destination: SEATTLE - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 13, 2001
Expense: $3,832.75
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,559.63
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, OH
Sponsor: OHIO COMMISSION ON MINORITY HEALTH
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,472.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - DALLAS, TX - SAN JOSE, CA
Sponsor: Boy Scouts of America and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 11, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $5,510.99
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,382.79
source

Destination: NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 11, 2002
Expense: $586.50
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Meharry Medical College
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 18, 2002
Expense: $238.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Tom Joyner Foundation
Purpose: PANELIST FOR THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM THINK TANK
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,934.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - BILOXI, MS - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Magnolia Bar Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $8,070.00
source

Destination: NASSAU, BAHAMAS - LOS ANGELES - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,141.83
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,999.11
source

Destination: CHATTANOOGA
Sponsor: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $869.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO - NEW ORLEANS - WASHINGTON
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,029.00
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 31, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,002.43
source

Destination: CARBONDALE
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $645.00
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 15, 2003
Expense: $794.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: National Medical Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,517.00
source

Destination: LITTLE ROCK, AR - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,417.49
source

Destination: CHICAGO - ATLANTA
Sponsor: MINORITY HEALTH PROFESSIONS FOUNDATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 8, 2004
Expense: $411.70
source

Destination: ATLANTA - NEW ORLEANS - CHICAGO
Sponsor: STUDENT NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 9, 2004
Expense: $825.30
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - NY
Sponsor: New Democracy Project
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 15, 2004
Expense: $146.70
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: PUGET SOUND ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 22, 2004
Expense: $1,273.20
source

Destination: BOSTON - SAN DIEGO - CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Medical Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $8,456.80
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: URBAN ISSUES BREAKFAST FORUM
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,233.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,494.39
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2004
Expense: $2,022.70
source

Destination: SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING ON ENVIRONMENTAL/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Date: Jan 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,549.72
source

Destination: CHICAGO-GREENSBORO, NC-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER & MUSEUM
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $749.46
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-RALEIGH, NC-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: St Augustine College
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT-COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 7, 2005
Expense: $338.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-AUSTIN, TX-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Democracy for Texas
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $589.60
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $11,392.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jesse Jackson

Kristopher Anderson
Theresa Caldwell
Charles Dujon
Kenneth Edmonds
Frank Watkins



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.