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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.

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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Robert Smith


Total cost of 89 office trips: $138,696.57


Trips by Robert Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $19,484.30

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $3,430.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,050.77
source

Destination: WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Purpose: CLIMATE SCIENCE BRIEFINGS TO GROUP OF SENATORS/STAFF
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $706.75
source

Destination: PASCAGOULA, MS
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: FIELD TRIP TO THE KERR-MCGEE/DOMINION NEPTUNE STAR DEEPWATER PRODUCTION PLATFORM
Date: Jun 17, 2000
Expense: $980.28
source

Destination: STUART ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: OVERVIEW FOR SENATORS OF WORK DONE BY WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL AND RELATION TO CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $7,220.00
source

Destination: CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: GEORGE C. MARSHALL INSTITUTE AND AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,047.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,049.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Smith

Kenneth Adler
Sharla Beall
Dave Canover
Dave Conover
Dan Corbett
Melinda Cross
Stephanie Daigle
John Denning
Patricia Doerr
Genevieve Erny
Thomas Gibson
Martin Hall
Chelsea Henderson
Chris Hessler
Paul Jensen
Jennifer Johnson
Ann Klee
M Kirstin Kohrer
John Lang
Edward Michaels
John Pemberton
John Pombri
Kirstin Rohrer
Jeffrey Rose
Alex Shively
Megan Stanley
Ellen Stein
Russell Thomasson
David Tille



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.