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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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  • 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.

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

Sander Levin


Total cost of 41 office trips: $134,282.97


Trips by Sander Levin
Total cost of congressperson's 24 trips: $105,710.97

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,686.30
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,796.60
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,669.80
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: CONGRESSIONAL ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AND TRANSATLANTIC POLICY NETWORK
Purpose: TPN WINTER MEETING AND CELI STUDY VISIT
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,592.25
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,729.87
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2001
Expense: $454.50
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,232.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT ON WELFARE REFORM
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,687.50
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISLAM TERRORISM AND THE U.S. RESPONSE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,202.14
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,222.95
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,993.50
source

Destination: DETROIT-SAN FRANCISCO-WASH, DC
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 18, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $638.80
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $340.70
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $8,381.80
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON US-MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,866.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,748.80
source

Destination: GEORGETOWN, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,177.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC-BOSTON, MASS-DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 30, 2004
Expense: $812.90
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 21, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,651.40
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $765.18
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON WS POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,058.68
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL-SHANGHAI-BEIJING, CHINA-WASH, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $20,439.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENN
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: INVITED TO ATTEND TOWN HALL
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: ERIE, PENN
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: INVITED TO ATTEND TOWN HALL
Date: May 16, 2005
Expense: $313.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sander Levin

Michael Castellano
Michael Costellano
David Ettinger
Christina Hardesty
Joe Mckelvey
Morna Miller



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.