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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

    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

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    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.
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Office of

Jim Mccrery


Total cost of 44 office trips: $135,038.93


Trips by Jim Mccrery
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $72,727.47

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,045.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,671.26
source

Destination: MARSEILLES, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $19,164.20
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,191.42
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ (SCOTTSDALE)
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,108.18
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $11,798.18
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $20,809.00
source

Destination: TEXARKA, TX-KANSAS CITY, MO-JOPLIN, MO-FORT SMITH, AR-SHREVEPORT, LA-DODDRIDGE, AR-SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: I-49 International Coalition
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $853.19
source

Destination: KAUAI-HI
Sponsor: Pipe Line Contractors Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT; FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,894.44
source

Destination: MANASSAS, VA
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.39
source

Destination: SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA TO BOCA RATON, FLORIDA BOCA RATON, FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AND FLIGHT SPONSOR WADDELL & REED ($956.90 TOTAL)
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,962.83
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: HERITAGE FOUNDATION ($1406.60), PEPPERDINE UNIV. ($1,281.78) & ROD CAMPBELL ($164)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,852.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Mccrery

Edgar Abrams
Bob Brooks
Elizabeth Coffin
Aimee Hartlage
Richard Hunt
Christopher King
Miriam Moore
Jennifer Nowlin
Jon Traub
Laura Walker



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.