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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.

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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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

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Office of

Jerry Costello


Total cost of 21 office trips: $45,681.65


Trips by Jerry Costello
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $16,456.40

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ONGOING COOPERATION BETWEEN U.S. AND CUBAN SCIENTISTS AND ABOUT SCIENTIFIC FIELDS IN WHICH CUBA IS PARTICULARLY ADVANCED
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: BELLEVILLE, FL TO JACKSON HOLE WYOMING
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING RAIL ISSUES
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,735.88
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING TO BELLEVILLE, IL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP REGARDING RAIL ISSUES
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,950.00
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THEIR IMPACT ON PUBLIC POLICY TODAY
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,360.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS-CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF NAFTA ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,284.52
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jerry Costello

Christa Fornarotto
David Gillies
Heather Lepeska
Brian Lott
Maggie Quaranto
Rebecca Stegun
Sarah Wisner



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.