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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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

Ken Lucas


Total cost of 22 office trips: $52,257.09


Trips by Ken Lucas
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $36,676.15

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

Destination: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATIONAL RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,788.64
source

Destination: 110TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE KENTUCKY BANKERS ASSOCIAT.
Sponsor: Kentucky Bankers Association
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE CONVENTION
Date: Sep 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,184.45
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STUDY AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,833.18
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STUDY AND FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,558.98
source

Destination: DCA - MIAMI, FL - CVG (NORTHERN KY/CINCINNATI AIRPORT)
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STUDY AND FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,403.90
source

Destination: TAIPAI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATION VISIT
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $16,320.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ken Lucas

Jason Baird
Cheryl Brownell
Joe Clabes
Scott Kuschmider
Mike Malaise
Kathryn Ray
Danielle Vizgirda



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.