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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

Judy Biggert


Total cost of 26 office trips: $60,169.65


Trips by Judy Biggert
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $23,135.52

Destination: EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,470.00
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Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: FUND-RAISING FOR THE GOP MAIN STREET PARTNERSHIP
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: DEPART OHARE 10-16 AM ARRIVE GREENSBORO-DEPART ARRIVE DC 10-16 PM
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NAEHCY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 16, 2000
Expense: $476.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: OHARE, NEW ORLEANS, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $976.08
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: MAINSTREET REPUBLICAN PARTNERSHIP
Purpose:
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,115.26
source

Destination: JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ED REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,735.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-MIAMI, CHICAGO, FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: A SUMMIT TO AUGMENT THE RELATIONSHIPS AND CONCERNS BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,270.78
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Judy Biggert

Nicole Austin
Jim Brown
Paul Doucette
Danielle English
Mike Gerber
Cameron Gilreath
Kathleen Lydon
Hallie Masanchick
Jaimie Vickery



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.