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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

    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

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Office of

Jo Ann Emerson


Total cost of 36 office trips: $95,207.51


Trips by Jo Ann Emerson
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $44,920.55

Destination: JEFFERSON CITY
Sponsor: MISSOURI BAR ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO JUDGE THE MISSOURI BAR ASSOCIATION'S "WE THE PEOPLE" STATE FINALS COMPETITION.
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $152.83
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM & MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,170.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,492.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS TO HAVANA, CUBA AND RETURNING
Sponsor: USA Rice Federation
Purpose: PROMOTE SALES OF U.S. AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES TO CUBA
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,828.00
source

Destination: RODE THE ACELA ON THE NORTH-EAST CORRIDOR
Sponsor: Amtrak
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, VARADERO & SANTIAGO, CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EXPLORE CUBA TRADE OPTIONS & BENEFITS
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,420.50
source

Destination: MEXICO
Sponsor: CONWAY DATA & CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL SUMMIT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,457.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $191.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,035.00
source

Destination: MIAMI TO HAVANA TO VARADERO TO HAVANA TO MIAMI
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND RESEARCH FOR FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-KOLOA, HAWAII-ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $13,531.60
source

Destination: NAPA, CA
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES INCLUDING DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS IN CA, PORT CAPACITY AND SECURITY ISSUES, AND WINE INDUSTRY CONCERNS (DIRECT MARKETING AND CONSOLIDATION IN THE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $10,284.43
source

Destination: DELAWARE, OH
Sponsor: OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: GRADUATION SPEECH
Date: May 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $300.17
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jo Ann Emerson

Jordan Bernstein
Eric David
Anthony Eberhard
Atalie Ebersole
Grant Erdel
Serena Lowe
Hallie Masanchedc
Dana Mcgilton
John Slotman
Seaver Sowers



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.