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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    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

Debbie Stabenow


Total cost of 29 office trips: $48,132.83


Trips by Debbie Stabenow
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $33,946.05

Destination: THOMAS EDISON INN, PORT HURON, MI
Sponsor: Business and Professional Women
Purpose: BANQUET SPEAKER
Date: Mar 18, 2000
Expense: $98.64
source

Destination: GRAND HOTEL, MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PANEL SPEAKER
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $917.90
source

Destination: GAYLORD, MI
Sponsor: North Central Council of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $82.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,630.00
source

Destination: ALPENA, MI / TRAVERSE CITY, MI / LANSING, MI
Sponsor: MICHIGAN ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY
Purpose: TO KEYNOTE MICHIGAN ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 16, 2001
Expense: $855.63
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: New Democrat Network
Purpose: ATTEND A 2002 NEW DEMOCRAT NETWORK EAST COAST RETREAT
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: May 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. - RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,451.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND A GENERAL POLICY SESSION
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,253.26
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,511.18
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,041.00
source

Destination: MOUNT PLEASANT, MI
Sponsor: MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $595.44
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 2, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,230.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Debbie Stabenow

Patricia Bouch
Susan Glynn
Anthony Heyward
Joanne Huls
Noushin Jahanian
Kristen Knepper
David Lemmon
Alexander Lurie
Ian Whitney
Mat Young



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.