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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.

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

Charles Pickering


Total cost of 38 office trips: $39,078.90


Trips by Charles Pickering
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $14,850.99

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: CTIA WIRELESS 2000 CONVENTION
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,225.00
source

Destination: POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: BancorpSouth
Purpose: SPEAK TO BANCORP SOUTH DIRECTOR'S RETREAT
Date: Feb 16, 2001
Expense: $1,229.00
source

Destination: DULLES AIRPORT TO MERIDIAN, MS
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: TO ATTEND EVENT AT LOCKHEED-MARTIN PLANT IN MERIDIAN ON 2/24
Date: Feb 24, 2001
Expense: $612.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIAR IN WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONG. RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC, HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: MAKE SPEECH, PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS RE:WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,193.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Jun 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,415.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Sponsor: AT&T Corporation
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: 2002 WIRELESS CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $934.09
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAR
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONA RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE RE: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: MERIDIAN, MS
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: A WORKPLACE SHOOTING OCCURED AT THE LOCKHEED MARTIN FACILITY IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY. I TRAVELLED TO VISIT THE PLANT, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE VICTIMS IN THE HOSPITAL TO ASSIST IN A VERY TRAGIC SITUATION.
Date: Jul 8, 2003
Expense: $515.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, MS
Sponsor: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS NV
Purpose: THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR A NEW AMERICAN EUROCOPTER FACILITY.
Date: Aug 7, 2003
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA-JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: TOUR BELL SOUTH FACILITIES AND SEE THEIR IP VIDEO SERVICES
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $855.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - STARKVILLE, MS
Sponsor: Aurora Flight Sciences
Purpose: INAUGURAL DELIVER OF 1ST ORDER OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE TO BE BUILT AT NEW PLANT IN MS
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $616.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Pickering

Susan Butler
Michael Chappell
David Hurst
Cade King
Michael Lipski
John Rounsaville



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.