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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.

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

Blanche Lincoln


Total cost of 128 office trips: $190,984.39


Trips by Blanche Lincoln
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $23,162.02

Destination: MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: TO RECEIVE TOP TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG AMERICAN AWARD
Date: Jan 15, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $445.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Purpose: SPEAK TO THEIR ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Mar 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,409.24
source

Destination: LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $245.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,197.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: ADDRESS THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL'S ANNUAL MEETING AND TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE WITH COTTON INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES FROM ARKANSAS
Date: Jan 29, 2001
Expense: $3,669.79
source

Destination: RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH ON NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY TO ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE LICENSE EXTENSION
Date: Jul 9, 2001
Expense: $2,800.00
source

Destination: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Chi Omega Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONVENTION AND TO RECEIVE THE WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Date: Jun 29, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: HEBER SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Arkansas Orthopaedic Society
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 12, 2003
Expense: $1,035.30
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT-PARTICIPATE IN POLICY DISCUSSIONS ON HOMELAND SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY, BUDGET AND TAXES
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,194.00
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEECH ON HEALTHCARE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,100.89
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPOKE TO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,965.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Charles Barnett
Kelly Bingel
Jack Campbell
Mac Campbell
Courtney Clabaugh
Betty Davis
Cynthia Edwards
Amber Elbert
John Gilliland
Andrew Goesl
Stephen Higginbothom
Robert Holifield
Hannah Lambiotte
Matt Largen
Elizabeth Macdonald
Brandon Mcbride
Anthony Mcclain
Courtney Mcdade
Lori Neal
Ben Noble
Stephen Patterson
Jonathan Rhodes
Kelly Rucker
Jim Stowers
Anna Taylor
Amy Woodman
Todd Wooten
Donna Yeargan



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.