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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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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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Office of

Ernie Fletcher


Total cost of 28 office trips: $72,734.82


Trips by Ernie Fletcher
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $49,904.35

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGR. HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,716.69
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE PANEL
Date: Mar 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,671.48
source

Destination: BIPAC BD OF DIRECTORS-NABPAC BD & MBRS MTG.
Sponsor: BIPAC - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
Purpose: SPEAK TO BOTH GROUPS RE: 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,416.00
source

Destination: DC TO FL TO KY
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,260.12
source

Destination: FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAKER/PARTICIPANT ANNUAL MTG FOR BUS. ASSNS.
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,317.22
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: DC TO OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmenís Foundation
Purpose: RD. TABLE DISCUSSION OF FARM BILL & EVENT FOR FOUNDATION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $591.23
source

Destination: DC TO SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,576.34
source

Destination: SCOTLAND TO ISRAEL TO KY
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $10,378.32
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: HORSE BREEDING EDUCATIONAL SESSION
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,050.92
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: LISTENING TOUR & HEALTHCARE FORUM
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $9,464.02
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE TO NEW ORLEANS TO CINCINNATI
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: 51ST ANNUAL CONVENTION-EDUCATIONAL MTGS & EXPOSITION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,260.01
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernie Fletcher

Matthew Bassett
Phillip Brown
Bradford Campbell
Daniel Groves
James Hightower
Matthew Mccullough
Nicholas Mirisis



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.