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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

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    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

Mitch Mcconnell


Total cost of 61 office trips: $87,456.97


Trips by Mitch Mcconnell
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $29,187.69

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL PALM BEACH WASHINGTON CLUB MEETING, KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Mar 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $900.88
source

Destination: FROM MADISONVILLE, KENTUCKY AIRPORT TO REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT, D.C.
Sponsor: Peabody Energy
Purpose: TO ANNOUNCE OPENING OF NEW PEABODY PLANT IN MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Date: Feb 12, 2001
Expense: $354.99
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: REMARKS AT CLEVELAND COMMITTEE FOR AIPAC RECEPTION AND DINNER HONORING AIPAC PRESIDENT, TIM WULIGER, THE LANDERHAVEN, CLEVELAND, OHIO
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,407.31
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES CA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: INVITED TO KEY NOTE DINNER EVENT CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN INDEPENDENCE, BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, EVENING OF DECEMBER 8, 2001
Date: Dec 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,214.00
source

Destination: RENO, NEVADA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION ANNUAL CONVENTION, TO BE PRESENTED WITH AFBF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD ON 1/6, AND TO ATTEND KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU BREAKFAST ON 1/7
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,190.51
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: REMARKS AT ANNUAL "RESTORATION WEEKEND" LUNCHEON ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, AT THE BREAKERS HOTEL, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Nov 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,709.00
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA, SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT ANNUAL SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $739.00
source

Destination: AEI WORLD FORUM, BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND PANEL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,210.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,153.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Committee for The Weizmann Institute of Science
Purpose: MEETING WITH ISRAEL GOV'T OFFICIALS & VISIT THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE TO RECEIVE AN HONORARY DEGREE
Date: Nov 12, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,259.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mitch Mcconnell

John Abegg
Brytt Brooks
Larry Cox
Laura Haney
Brian Lewis
Robert Lewis
Charles Marshall
Malloy Mcdaniel
Scott O'malice
Laura Pemberton
Billy Piper
K Scott Raab
Leon Sequeira
Kyle Simmons
Pamela Simpson
Michael Solon
Tamars Somerville
Robert Steurer
Amy Swonger
Mason Wiggins
Mary Young
Michael Zehr



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.