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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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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Mark Kirk


Total cost of 36 office trips: $132,314.41


Trips by Mark Kirk
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $43,648.58

Destination: HELICOPTER FLIGHT TO YUCCA MTN.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MTN.
Date: Mar 25, 2001
Expense: $360.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM, HAIFA, ISRAEL; AMMAN, JORDAN
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: OBSERVE AND STUDY ISRAELI DEFENSE SITUATION & MEET W/ ISRAELI & JORDANIAN OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 17, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $12,766.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN US/ISRAELI ALLIANCE
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $9,600.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,656.40
source

Destination: ITHACA, NY
Sponsor: Cornell University (including Medical College)
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS FOR REPRESENTATIVE KIRK TO DELIVER A SPEECH TITLED, "THE RISE OF CHINA" AT HIS ALMA MATER, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $935.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: POPPULATION ACTION INTERNATIONAL AND THE US COMMITTEE FOR UNFPA
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THIS TRIP WAS TO INVESTIGATE IMMIGRATION AND FAMILY PLANNING POLICIES IN MEXICO
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,254.98
source

Destination: DC TO NEWARK TO TEL AVIV - IN ISRAEL: TEL AVIV JERUSALEM - TO THE NEGEV
Sponsor: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE US/ISRAEL ALLIANCE
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $14,076.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mark Kirk

Reed Bundy
Caryn Garber
Liesl Hickey
Sage Lansing
Patrick Magnuson
James Mckiernan
Doug O'brien
Jeffrey Phillips
Cholly Smith
Jeannette Windon



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.