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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.
  • 08.28.14

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Office of

Roger Wicker


Total cost of 32 office trips: $115,225.64


Trips by Roger Wicker
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $60,414.23

Destination: GALVESTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 19TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BURDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $632.11
source

Destination: AMSTERDAME TO VENICE, ITALY (KLM)
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,688.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,828.71
source

Destination: MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX TO MEMPHIS FOR GAYLE WICKER MEMPHIS TO PHOENIX FOR REP. WICKER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX - PUERTO VALLARTA - MEMPHIS FOR REP. WICKER; MEMPHIS - PUERTO VALLARTA - MEMPHIS FOR CAROLINE WICKER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA IN PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,521.84
source

Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: KOREA US EXCHANGE COUNCIL AND US MALAYSIA EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: S. KOREA: MEET W/ADMIN REPS. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, NAT'L SECURITY ADVISOR, & US BUSINESS TO DISCUSS US TROOP PRESENCE IN KOREA/N. KOREA NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. MALAYSIA: MEET W/ PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER CABINET OFFICIALS TO LEARN MORE OF THE US BUSINESS &
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $27,757.98
source

Destination: MANASSAS, VA - STARKVILLE, MS, MUNICIPAL AIRSTRIP
Sponsor: Aurora Flight Sciences
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH FOR RIBBON CUTTING/GRAND OPENING AT AURORA'S STARKVILLE UAV FACTORY. PRIVATE AIRCRAFT WAS USED. EQUIVALENT FIRST CLASS AIRFARE FROM DCA TO GTR
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $616.70
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ISLE OF CAPRI CORP.
Purpose: CHARITY BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE BB KING MUSEUM
Date: Jul 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $334.19
source

Destination: DULBIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US - RUSSIA - EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $8,841.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Roger Wicker

Bradley Ayers
Michelle Barlow
Jennifer Biggy
Kim Chamberlin
John Keast
Aubert Kimbrell
James Perry
Lemuel Smith
Susan Sweat
Erskine Wells



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.