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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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Office of

Carolyn Kilpatrick


Total cost of 29 office trips: $119,210.30


Trips by Carolyn Kilpatrick
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $58,904.77

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,570.00
source

Destination: MENLO PARK, CA-REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sponsor: AT&T; MICROSOFT & AMERICAN AIRLINES
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS AND TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,594.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK
Purpose: SPEAK ON TWO PANELS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,735.88
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK, NY (ROUND TRIP)
Sponsor: NYSE / THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $992.42
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Tom Joyner Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM THINK TANK
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,850.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING; PARTICIPATION ON PANEL
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: TAMPA BAY ORGANIZATION OF BLACK AFFAIRS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,021.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL
Sponsor: IGATES TECHNOLOGIES, PHARMA, CITIGROUP, PORT OF NEW ORLEANS, GENERAL MOTORS, COCA COLA, GLAXOSMITHKLEIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE AFROBRASILIAN/AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS SUMMIT (PANEL DISCUSSION LEADER
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,630.74
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-AKWA IBON, NIGERIA-AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Sponsor: African World Expo
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND TRADE MISSION TO PROMOTE BUSINESS BETWEEN THE CITY OF DETROIT, THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE UNITED STATES AND NIGERIA
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,097.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA-CAIRO, EGYPT-DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,713.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick

Harold Boyd
Gene Fisher
Khalil Munir
Asi Ofosu
Shiraz Panthaky
Trenace Richardson
Kimberly Rudolph
Jamal Simmons
Deborah Willig



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.