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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

James Mcgovern


Total cost of 32 office trips: $79,389.76


Trips by James Mcgovern
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $26,451.48

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTES UNIVERSITIES AND CUBAN COUNTERPARTS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,223.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: OXFAM
Purpose: TO REVIEW OXFAM'S DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS IN CUBA.
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL
Purpose: TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO PRESERVE EARNEST HEMINGWAY'S LEGACY INCLUDING PRESERVATION OF WORKS OF LITERARY SIGNIFICANCE.
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,850.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF U.S. - CUBA POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,656.48
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: BOSTON - HAVANA - DC
Sponsor: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,468.50
source

Destination: BETHESDA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING ON THE ROLE RELIGIOUS FAITH PLAYS IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $537.60
source

Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,145.88
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: TO EVALUATE U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND FRANCE, AND TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,524.26
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Mcgovern

Edward Augustus
Cindy Buhl
Daniel Holt
Michael Meishon
Michael Mershon
Gladys Parker
Christopher Philbin
Keith Stern
Ryan Thrasher



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.