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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

Janice Schakowsky


Total cost of 29 office trips: $79,620.28


Trips by Janice Schakowsky
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $59,326.86

Destination: HONDURAS
Sponsor: Care
Purpose: TO DELIVER CARE PACKAGES FROM CONGRESS
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,507.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Nevada State Democratic Party
Purpose: KEYNOTE STATE CONVENTION
Date: May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,329.31
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM FOR WOMAN
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $1,019.38
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE AND PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY PAC
Purpose: SPEECH AND MEETINGS ON CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES & AGENDA
Date: Mar 31, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,814.27
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Nation Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE ANNUAL DINNER
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $226.61
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Campaign for America's Future
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 20, 2001
Expense: $541.00
source

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SPEECH
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $15,916.12
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Democratic Party of Oregon
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $644.04
source

Destination: HAITI
Sponsor: Robert F Kennedy Memorial
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,809.01
source

Destination: CHICAGO-ROME, ITALY-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,796.80
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,928.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO-FT. WORTH-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Jewish Congress
Purpose: AWARDS DINNER
Date: Oct 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,677.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (IAM)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $343.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-EL PASO, TX-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: NAFTA TOUR
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,819.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,795.24
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL-NEWARK, NJ-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: NEW JERSEY CITIZEN ACTION
Purpose: MEETING AND SPEECH
Date: May 2, 2005
Expense: $1,059.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Janice Schakowsky

Nadeam Elshami
Cathy Hurwit
Cathy Huswit
Rameet Kohli
Jon Samuels



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.