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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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Edward Markey


Total cost of 33 office trips: $68,642.38


Trips by Edward Markey
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $40,593.95

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,640.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,493.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - ASPEN, CO - DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN ROUNDTABLE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $974.00
source

Destination: DAVOS SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT ON PANEL
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,211.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: US News & World Report
Purpose: PANELIST ON PROGRAM ON FIRST AMENDMENT
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,402.11
source

Destination: ZURICH
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,755.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK - ROME - DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,642.20
source

Destination: SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,475.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Edward Markey

Colin Crowell
Joseph Dalton
Jeffrey Duncan
Michal Freedhoff
Michal Freedhorr
David Moulton
Angelique Skoulas
Ana Unruh



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.