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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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

Susan Collins


Total cost of 36 office trips: $64,100.30


Trips by Susan Collins
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $11,451.25

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE -- INVITED PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,909.93
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: NOVAGRADIC & COMPANY
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH AT THE CREDIT & BOND FINANCING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: May 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $984.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association for Home Care and Hospice
Purpose: GAVE A SPEECH ON LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING HOME HEALTHCARE
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,104.32
source

Destination:
Sponsor: MEXICO SOLIDARITY NETWORK GLOBAL EXCHANGE, LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE RURAL CRISIS AND STATE OF SMALL FARMERS IN MEXICO
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Destination: ROCKPORT, MAINE
Sponsor: Col Frances Auclair
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH AT THE MAINE UNIT #41 OF WAVES NATIONAL BANQUET (WOMEN VETERANS OF THE SEA SERVICES)
Date: May 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $222.56
source

Destination: ROCKLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: FMC Corporation
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING OF THE FMC CORPORATION
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $1,053.57
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS IN SACRAMENTO, SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND AND SAN JOSE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,458.14
source

Destination: NEWCASTLE, NH
Sponsor: NORTHEASTERN RETAIL LUMBER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SESSION OF THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Sep 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $261.63
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS/SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,653.00
source

Destination: SANIBEL, FL
Sponsor: Barrier Island Group for the Arts
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT LECTURE SERIES ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM
Date: Jan 30, 2005
Expense: $804.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Susan Collins

Jane Alonso
Claire Barnard
Michael Bopp
William Card
William Clarkson
James Dohoney
Ann Fisher
Eileen Fisher
Bonnie Heald
Jennifer Hemingway
Paul Howard
David Hunter
Rena Johnson
Laura Pyzik
Alec Rogers
Michael Russell
Heather Smith
Shannon Smith
Kirk Walder



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.