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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

    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

Chuck Hagel


Total cost of 114 office trips: $228,835.30


Trips by Chuck Hagel
Total cost of congressperson's 30 trips: $37,559.95

Destination: ATHENS, GA
Sponsor: University of Georgia
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE SAM NUNN POLICY FORUM
Date: Mar 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $95.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SENATOR HAGEL IS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $923.15
source

Destination: DAYTON, OHIO
Sponsor: University of Dayton
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $877.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIAR, WV
Sponsor: Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Date: May 20, 2000
Expense: $758.80
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Bilderberg Group
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE BILDERBERG INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $763.00
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 101ST NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Aug 22, 2000
Expense: $932.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Horatio Alger Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 21, 2000
Expense: $1,955.00
source

Destination: NAPELS, FL
Sponsor: BIPAC - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT BIPAC FALL BOARD MEETING
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,118.85
source

Destination: CINCINNATI, OH
Sponsor: Transatlantic Business Dialogue
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE TRANS ATLANTIC BUSINESS DIALOGUE CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 17, 2000
Expense: $1,708.50
source

Destination: LA JOLLA, CA
Sponsor: Executive Council on Diplomacy
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL WARMING POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $8,079.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Israel Policy Forum
Purpose: SPEAK AT ISRAEL POLICY FORUM ANNUAL DINNER AND ISRAEL POLICY FORUM BREAKFAST
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $680.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Insurance Information Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER ADDRESS TO THE PROPERTY/CASUALTY INSURANCE JOINT INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 9, 2001
Expense: $505.50
source

Destination: OMAHA NE
Sponsor: OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: HONOREE FOR "HEADLINER OF THE YEAR" AWARD AND INTRODUCTION SPEECH
Date: Feb 16, 2001
Expense: $1,423.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SENATOR HAGEL IS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $992.13
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR EEI'S POLICY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Date: Jun 3, 2001
Expense: $1,283.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE ARCO FORUM OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS DISCUSSION
Date: Oct 17, 2001
Expense: $617.44
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Inland Press Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR 116TH ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $471.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Houston Forum 50
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR LUNCHEON
Date: Oct 29, 2001
Expense: $205.99
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Israel Policy Forum
Purpose: SERVE AS HONORARY CO-CHAIRMAN OF TRIBUTE DINNER
Date: Apr 7, 2002
Expense: $666.03
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $567.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS
Date: Dec 16, 2002
Expense: $995.06
source

Destination: SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
Sponsor: University of Notre Dame
Purpose: SPEECH TO STUDENTS
Date: Jan 24, 2003
Expense: $1,067.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY (TEETERBORO, NJ AIRPORT)
Sponsor: American Jewish Congress
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Expense: $2,544.20
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,668.00
source

Destination: OMAHA NE TO WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND REMARKS AT EVENT
Date: Mar 18, 2004
Expense: $635.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 11, 2004
Expense: $890.90
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $442.20
source

Destination: BAHRAIN
Sponsor: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES
Purpose: OFFICIAL TRAVEL AUTHORIZED BY SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE TO ATTEND 1155 GULF DIALOGUE CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: French Center on the United States
Purpose: OFFICIAL TRAVEL AUTHORIZED BY THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,174.50
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: DINNER MEETING OF SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF IOP AND SPEECH TO STUDENTS AT BELFER CENTER, JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
Date: Apr 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,020.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Chuck Hagel

Melissa Allen
Dorothy Anderson
Dan Archer
A Kent Banhan
Michael Buttry
Terry Campbell
Abigail Clark
Michael Considine
Michael Coulter
Joe Cwiklinski
Josh Denney
Joy Ditto
Deb Fiddelke
Keith Hand
Steven Irizarry
Thomas Janssen
Jamie Karl
Jill Konz
Jill Kosch
Joseph Lai
Lou Ann Linehan
Theresa Mcniel
Nathan Mick
Lyndsy Mlady
Amy Muhlberg
Dale Nellor
Henry Nickel
James Nygren
Andrew Parasiliti
Kenneth Peel
William Protexter
Cory Taylor
Brian Thomas
Heather West
Chad Wolf
Randel Zeller



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.