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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

    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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    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

Paul Sarbanes


Total cost of 80 office trips: $147,508.54


Trips by Paul Sarbanes
Total cost of congressperson's 33 trips: $121,818.05

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $7,964.40
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,500.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,484.20
source

Destination: TOKYO AND KYOTO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE U.S. - JAPAN PARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $11,216.24
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. - CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $12,157.02
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE AT THE 80TH GRAND BANQUET
Date: Jul 19, 2002
Expense: $170.74
source

Destination: LONDON, UK
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,809.80
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLA
Sponsor: Greek Orthodox Church of North America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 12TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP 100 CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,187.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: ORDER OF ST ANDREW THE APOSTLE CHURCH
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL ATHENAGORAS AWARD DINNER
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $240.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,677.28
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,426.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. - RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,603.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: WOMEN'S ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE & AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Purpose: TO RECEIVE AN AWARD AT THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WOMEN'S ECONOMIC ROUND TABLE AND TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Date: Nov 3, 2003
Expense: $267.00
source

Destination: ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE TELEVISION PROGRAM, "LOUIS RUCKEYSER'S WALL STREET"
Date: Nov 7, 2003
Expense: $383.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,070.00
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $492.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Economic Club of New York
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS WITH REP. OXLEY ON THE SARBANES-OXLEY LEGISLATION
Date: Feb 2, 2004
Expense: $105.00
source

Destination: CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: University of Illinois
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE PAUL DOUGLAS LECTURE
Date: Feb 17, 2004
Expense: $2,199.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO RECEIVE PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD AND ADDRESS UNIVERSITY CLASSES
Date: Mar 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,052.53
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: HARVARD LAW DEMOCRATS
Purpose: DELIVER REMARKS TO THE HARVARD LAW DEMOCRATS
Date: Mar 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $242.53
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $447.00
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,246.36
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Drexel University
Purpose: TO DELIVER SPEECH AT THE LEBOW COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Date: May 14, 2004
Expense: $262.43
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Date: May 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,918.00
source

Destination: NAFPLIO AND ATHENS, GREECE
Sponsor: World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Union
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE WHIU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,457.92
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,636.00
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Date: Sep 10, 2004
Expense: $157.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Purpose: TO ATTEND INDUCTION CEREMONY FOR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Date: Oct 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $957.64
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $430.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Federation of Hellenic Societies
Purpose: GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT RELATED EVENTS
Date: Apr 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $890.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS ON THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH - CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Date: May 9, 2005
Expense: $322.96
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Date: May 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,742.00
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $9,102.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Paul Sarbanes

Joanne Berry
Katherine Collin
Ryan Crowley
Jennifer Fogel-Bublick
Helen Freeman
Martin Gruenberg
Steve Harris
Julie Kehrli
Kristina Kennedy
Aaron Klein
Sarah Kline
Stephen Kroll
Peter Marudas
Jonathan Miller
Marisa Milton
Edward Muchene
Diana Ohlbaum
Patience Singleton
Charles Stek



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.