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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

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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

Barney Frank


Total cost of 86 office trips: $134,732.12


Trips by Barney Frank
Total cost of congressperson's 60 trips: $76,987.13

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN TELEVISION PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $737.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: University of Kansas
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,509.24
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $894.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY - PORTLAND, OR - SEATTLE, WA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Evergreen State College
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,924.24
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY-PORTLAND, OR-SEATTLE, WA-WASH, DC
Sponsor: CAMPAIGN FOR LEGAL JUSTICE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,669.00
source

Destination: COLUMBIA, SC
Sponsor: University of South Carolina
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $552.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEW YORK - BOSTON
Sponsor: Robert F Kennedy Memorial
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL CHOOSING AWARD WINNERS
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: ANNANDALE ON HUDSON, NY
Sponsor: BARD COLLEGE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 27, 2000
Expense: $874.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: YMCA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: May 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $501.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEW YORK - PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: City College of New York
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2000
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: TEMPLE B'NAI JESHURUN
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $489.00
source

Destination: BOSTON-CHICAGO-MEMPHIS
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH AT NALC CONVENTION
Date: Aug 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,338.74
source

Destination: BOSTON - NEWARK, NJ - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple
Purpose: ADDRESS TO CONGREGATION
Date: Sep 17, 2000
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
Purpose: SPEAKER AT REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $715.00
source

Destination: CARY, NC
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $290.50
source

Destination: DUSSELDORF - BRUSSELLS - BOSTON
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $6,208.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHILADELPHIA - BOSTON
Sponsor: UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA; HIAS AND COUNCIL MIGRATION SERVICE OF PHILADELPHIA (EACH PAID ONE HALF)
Purpose: TWO SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Mar 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $520.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SACRAMENTO - FRESNO - SAN FRANCISCO - BUFFALO
Sponsor: Central California Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,298.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, NY - ROCHESTER, NY - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $559.75
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - HARTFORD, CT - S. HADLEY, MA
Sponsor: Hampshire College
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 4, 2001
Expense: $265.75
source

Destination: BOSTON - HANOVER, NH - FALL RIVER, MA
Sponsor: Dartmouth College
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,043.90
source

Destination: FALMOUTH, MA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $230.00
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KY - PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: KENTUCKY FAIRNESS ALLIANCE EDUCATION FUND (LEXINGTON)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND ATTENDANCE AT DINNER
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $394.78
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MINNEAPOLIS - DENVER
Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Purpose: TO DELIVER ALLAN SPEAR LECTURE
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $699.26
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - CLEVELAND - BOSTON
Sponsor: OBERLIN COLLEGE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $952.92
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $435.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEW YORK - NEW HAVEN - BOSTON (AIR & RAIL)
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN JUDGE HIGGINBOTHAM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $475.85
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - LOS ANGELES - BOSTON
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON PROGRAM
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,901.19
source

Destination: BOSTON - LOS ANGELES - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: University of Southern California
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,584.31
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: MICHIGAN JEWISH AIDS COALITION
Purpose: FILM SCREENING
Date: Apr 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $100.57
source

Destination: CLEVELAND - CHICAGO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $871.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-LOS ANGELES-BOSTON
Sponsor: Beth Chayim Chadashim
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Dec 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,390.50
source

Destination: BOSTON-MIAMI-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT LEGISLATIVE LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,787.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO ISLIP TO BOSTON
Sponsor: JEWISH CENTER OF THE HAMPTONS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $331.50
source

Destination: BOSTON TO NEW YORK CITY TO WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: UNGLOBE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $600.27
source

Destination: BOSTON-CHICAGO-NEW YORK
Sponsor: Citizen Action/Illinois
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $505.50
source

Destination: HARTFORD, CT-AMHERST, MA-NEWTON, MA
Sponsor: MASSACHUSETTS MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 19, 2003
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: DENVER
Sponsor: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,344.50
source

Destination: DC-CHICAGO-BOSTON
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE; CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE; AND CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: MEETINGS AND TOUR OF EXCHANGES
Date: Oct 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,017.80
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FORUM
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,983.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: LESBIAN AND GAY IMMIGRATION RIGHTS TASK FORCE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $433.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: MEET WITH SECURITIES INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES
Date: Feb 9, 2004
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: University of Southern California
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,710.28
source

Destination: WILMINGTON, DE
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $291.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO PHILADELPHIA TO DC
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $149.00
source

Destination: BOSTON TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Cornell University (including Medical College)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $980.20
source

Destination: BOSTON TO RALEIGH/DURHAM TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Duke University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $607.70
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: JEWISH COUNCIL ON URBAN AFFAIRS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,568.75
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $834.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY TO LOS ANGELES TO BOSTON
Sponsor: University of California at Los Angeles
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,792.98
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Liberty City Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club
Purpose: FUNDRAISER
Date: Apr 1, 2005
Expense: $379.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 11, 2005
Expense: $32.00
source

Destination: LENOX, MA
Sponsor: Berkshire Stonewall Democrats
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $115.19
source

Destination: SPRINGFIELD, MA TO PHILADELPHIA, PA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $386.88
source

Destination: BOSTON TO SAN FRANCISCO TO NEW YORK
Sponsor: THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY - EMPLOYMENT LAW CENTER
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $4,402.90
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO NEW YORK TO PROVIDENCE
Sponsor: Garden State Equality
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: BOSTON TO SEATTLE TO SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Foolproof's American Voices
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,354.14
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO BOSTON
Sponsor: Young Democrats of America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,116.42
source

Destination: CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Cleveland City Club
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $739.91
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Barney Frank

Todd Cranford
Ricardo Delfin
Bob Foster
Bruno Freitas
Sandra Gibbs
Erika Jeffers
Jaime Lizarraga
Daniel Mcglinchey
Scott Morris
Roger Olson
Jeff Riky
Jeanne Roslanowick
Lawranne Stewart
Kenneth Swab



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.