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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.
  • 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.

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

Elijah Cummings


Total cost of 59 office trips: $53,782.28


Trips by Elijah Cummings
Total cost of congressperson's 44 trips: $31,780.44

Destination:
Sponsor: Dillard University
Purpose: INVITED TO PRESENT SPEECH AT MARTIN LUTHER KING PROGRAM
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Greater Bethel AME Chruch Charlotte NC
Purpose: DELIVERED SERMON AT MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
Date: Feb 18, 2001
Expense: $360.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AT&T, MICROSOFT
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY TOUR IN CALIFORNIA
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Destination: BWI TO ATLANTA
Sponsor: Turner Monumental AME Church
Purpose: MEN'S DAY SPEAKER AT WORSHIP SERVICE
Date: Mar 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: CBCF (CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION) BOARD OF DIRECTORS' RETREAT
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: ATTEND CBCF BOARD OF DIRECTORS' RETREAT IN NEW ORLEANS, LA
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $811.25
source

Destination: DOUBLETREE HOTEL CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA - BALTIMORE
Sponsor: SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: Dec 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $540.00
source

Destination: (JACKSONVILLE, FL) AIRPORT AUTHORITY TOUR/COMTO-CBC TRANSPORTATION BRAINTRUST
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: TO ATTEND REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION BRAINTRUST AND TOURS
Date: Apr 26, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $763.00
source

Destination: AMERICUS, GA
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: DELIVER KEY NOTE SPEECH
Date: Apr 27, 2002
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE/CHARLESTON SC-CHARLESTON/PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CDC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $722.05
source

Destination: BRIDGEPORT
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR GRADUATION CELEBRATION AND YOUTH EDUCATION DAY
Date: Jun 22, 2002
Expense: $144.00
source

Destination: MIAMI-DOUBLE TREE GRAND HOTEL
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH AT 4TH ANNUAL GARRETT A MORGAN SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $539.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: VISIT SONY MUSIC STUDIOS, PRESS PLAY JOINT VENTURE AND MEET WITH MUSIC INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING PRIVACY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONCERNS
Date: Apr 15, 2003
Expense: $680.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NCTA CABLE CONFERENCE & RELATIONSHIP BUILDING BETWEEN NCTA & CBC
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,702.65
source

Destination: FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida A & M University
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING
Date: Jan 12, 2004
Expense: $459.67
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS EDUCATIONAL MEETING
Date: Jan 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,200.90
source

Destination: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES IN AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN BASIN WORKSHOP
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $692.60
source

Destination: BETHLEHEM, PA
Sponsor: LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
Purpose: LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
Date: Jan 19, 2004
Expense: $325.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Winston Salem State University
Purpose: WINSTON SALEM UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP EVENT
Date: Feb 2, 2004
Expense: $794.70
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Black History Observance Committee Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-BLACK HISTORY OBSERVANCE BREAKFAST COLUMBUS, GA
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: LOUISVILLE MINORITY BUSINESS ASSOC
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE FOR MINORITY BUSINESSES
Date: Feb 23, 2004
Expense: $1,244.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: PRAIRIE VIEW UNIVERSITY
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING
Date: Feb 24, 2004
Expense: $313.60
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PRESENTOR-NATIONAL TOWN HALL MEETING, HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Date: Mar 6, 2004
Expense: $430.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS
Purpose: KEYNOTE NATIONAL FORUM FOR BLACK PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS
Date: Apr 5, 2004
Expense: $167.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 8, 2004
Expense: $822.70
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC
Sponsor: SHAW UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SHAW UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Date: May 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $753.00
source

Destination: PITTSBURG, PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-CARNEGIE MELLON H JOHN HEINZ III SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY AND MANAGEMENT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Date: May 16, 2004
Expense: $237.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: MARCH FUNERAL HOME
Purpose: KEYNOTE-RICHMOND CLERGY BREAKFAST
Date: May 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $269.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: National Urban League
Purpose: KEYNOTE SEATTLE URBAN LEAGUE EVENT
Date: May 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,320.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: AFL-CIO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE-LEGISLATIVE UPDATE-KEYNOTE
Date: Jun 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $647.00
source

Destination: NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Yale-Harvard Partnership Center
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-YALE HARVARD PARTNERSHIP CENTER ON HEALTH DISPARITIES YALE UNIVERSITY
Date: Jul 6, 2004
Expense: $465.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT-MIAMI, FL
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $776.01
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE KEYNOTE-AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING
Date: Aug 11, 2004
Expense: $325.00
source

Destination: SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: Southern University at New Orleans
Purpose: KEYNOTE AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AT SHREVEPORT CONVACATION
Date: Sep 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,156.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: Zachary Reed Scholarship Fund
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-ANNUAL ZACK REED SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
Date: Nov 5, 2004
Expense: $537.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-FORTSMOUTH TEXAS-BOSTON, MASS
Sponsor: 20TH ANN. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION CITY OF FORT WORTH
Purpose: 20TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY
Date: Jan 14, 2005
Expense: $166.20
source

Destination: FORT WORTH TEXAS, BOSTON MASSACHUSETTES-BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING EVENT
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $894.90
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPRINGFIELD BRANCH NAACP 84TH ANNUAL LINCOLN-DOUGLASS BANQUET
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Expense: $582.78
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-INDIANAPOLIS, IN-COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: NEW ERA MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $178.20
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN-COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA - BALTIMORE MARYLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Party of South Carolina
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A LUNCHEON
Date: Apr 23, 2005
Expense: $990.30
source

Destination: NEBRASKA
Sponsor: Democratic Black Caucus
Purpose: SPEECH BEFORE THE NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Date: May 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $669.67
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Briggs-De Laine-Pearson Foundation
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR BANQUET
Date: Jun 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $644.83
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NATIONAL LAWYER'S ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 2, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $246.90
source

Destination: MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO DISCUSS SOCIAL SECURITY AND ACCESS AND EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE AND HOUSING
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $172.03
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Elijah Cummings

Paul Brathwaite
Jewel James
Trudy Perkins
Kimberly Ross
Doug Thornell



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.