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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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    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.
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Office of

Rush Holt


Total cost of 20 office trips: $75,931.67


Trips by Rush Holt
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $65,212.86

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: ATTEND NYSE DAY FOR FRESHMAN MEMBERS
Date: Jan 24, 2000
Expense: $433.75
source

Destination: DELHI- HYDERABAD - BANGALORE - DELHI
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (12 days)
Expense: $15,955.08
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: BANGALORE, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TRIP, DELIVERED SPEECH TO THE 2002 ANNUAL MEETING OF WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Dec 31, 2001 (13 days)
Expense: $1,684.66
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $16,433.00
source

Destination: CARLSTON COLLEGE, NORTHFIELD MN
Sponsor: Carleton College
Purpose: TO SPEAK AS PART OF THE "WHAT PHYSICISTS DO" LECTURE SERIES
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $439.10
source

Destination: COLUMBIA - MISSOURI
Sponsor: STEPHENS COLLEGE
Purpose: TO GIVE THE "ROBLES LECTURE" ON ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THOSE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $364.50
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ - CANCUN, MEXICO - NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,177.87
source

Destination: NEWARK AIRPORT - LAS VEGAS AIRPORT - ZION NATIONAL PARK-PARUNUWEAP WILDERNESS STUDY AREA-KANAB, UTAH-GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT-MOAB, UTAH-ESCALANTE, UTAH - LAS VEGAS AIRPORT - NEWARK AIRPORT
Sponsor: Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Purpose: TO DISCUSS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND OTHER WILDERNESS AND PARK ISSUES
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,669.50
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,159.56
source

Destination: PARIS-LONDON-STUTTGART-VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN-BRESSANONE, ITALY-WASHINGTON, DC; ML: NEWARK-STUTTGART-VADUZ-BRESSANONE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: TO MEET WITH BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC, TRADE, AND FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS OF MUTUAL CONCERN AND INTEREST
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $11,304.55
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA-MADISON, WI-NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LESS COMMONLY TAUGHT LANGUAGES
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $386.29
source

Destination: COLBY COLLEGE (WATERVILLE, ME)
Sponsor: Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College
Purpose: TO ADDRESS COLBY COLLEGE STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND LOCAL RESIDENTS ON ENERGY POLICY IN THE NEW CONGRESS
Date: Apr 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,003.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rush Holt

Mark Dedrick
Matthew Dennis
Bill Goold
Mark Matzen
Michelle Mulder
Jennifer Surovy



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.