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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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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Charles Bass


Total cost of 28 office trips: $38,054.51


Trips by Charles Bass
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $17,333.85

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: TRIP TO GATHER HIGH-TECH INFORMATION
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,187.20
source

Destination: MIT, BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING N.E. TECH. EXECUTIVES
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $744.85
source

Destination: GREENBRIER (WEST VIRGINIA)
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,424.00
source

Destination: NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: State of New Jersey
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN WILL TESTIFY IN COURT ON BEHALF OF THE STATE
Date: Apr 18, 2001
Expense: $523.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA / DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: TO REPRESENT THE COMMERCE COMM. * A CEA CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,542.06
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MTGS. AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,924.00
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT @ THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,456.19
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MTG. IN DETROIT, MI
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,917.63
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Independent Bakers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,154.80
source

Destination: MANCHESTER, NH - LAS VEGAS - PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND 2005 CES AND ATTEND MEETINGS
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,571.62
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Bass

John Billings
Darwin Cusack
Francis Furtado
Tad Furtado
Neil Levesque
Alissa Southworth
Jennifer Warren
Virginia Wilbert
Virginia Witbert



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.