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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 |
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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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Back to The Data

Office of

Paul David Wellstone


Total cost of 21 office trips: $26,307.08


Trips by Paul David Wellstone
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $21,563.08

Destination: SALTLAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: SUE ARENDS OR LELAND SWENSON PRES NATIONAL FARMER'S UNION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,402.00
source

Destination: RALEIGH/DURHAM, N.C
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,409.64
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-NEW YORK CITY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,672.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - VIA CHICAGO TO MADISON, WI - MSP
Sponsor: MIKE MOSKOFF MADISON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,461.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 20, 2000
Expense: $331.00
source

Destination: PDW-MINNEAPOLIS-NEW ORLEANS SHEILA WELLSTONE-NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONCILIATION COURTS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,661.40
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: PHILADELPHIA COMMON CAUSE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 31, 2000
Expense: $1,111.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA-MINNEAPOLIS-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: United Steelworkers of America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,306.10
source

Destination: SAN FRAN-CA-OAKLAND CA.
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,683.89
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,787.00
source

Destination: NYC, NY
Sponsor: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,225.01
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS MN-TO CLEVELAND, OHIO TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: National Jewish Democratic Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 25, 2001
Expense: $1,579.00
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS, MN-NEW YORK CITY-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: RANDOM HOUSE INC. LIN FORGANTTI
Purpose: INTERVIEW-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 16, 2001
Expense: $1,373.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: RANDOM HOUSE INC. LIN FORGANTTI
Purpose: INTERVIEW-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $986.78
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Citizen Action/Illinois
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 28, 2001
Expense: $574.25
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Paul David Wellstone

Mark Anderson
John Gilman
Rachel Gragg
Perry Lange
Colin Mcginnis
Richard Mckeon



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.