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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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.

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.

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Office of

John Doolittle


Total cost of 47 office trips: $92,233.31


Trips by John Doolittle
Total cost of congressperson's 22 trips: $49,441.54

Destination: MARIPOSA, CA
Sponsor: Sierra Pacific Resources
Purpose: TRAVEL TO SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING
Date: Jan 29, 2000
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: STOCKTON, CA TO LAKE TAHOE, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON PANEL FOR PERSPECTIVES ON CABLE TELEVISION
Date: Aug 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $318.11
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE FOR CATS
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,328.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO TO LAKE TAHOE, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON PANEL FOR PERSPECTIVES ON CABLE TELEVISION
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $438.95
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: ANNUAL MEMBERS BANQUET ON FEB 16TH
Sponsor: California Rifle and Pistol Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $210.66
source

Destination:
Sponsor: PACIFIC LUMBER COMPANY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $301.68
source

Destination:
Sponsor: California Independent Petroleum Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $926.58
source

Destination: DC TO VEGAS FOR CONFERENCE, VEGAS TO DC
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,085.08
source

Destination: TRAIN TO/FROM THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: ST MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: 7-18-03 IAD-SFO, 7-20-03 SFO-IAD
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,007.54
source

Destination: OCT 25 FLY TO RALEIGH, 6:30PM OCT 25 SPEAK AT DINNER, OCT 26 FLY BD
Sponsor: NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK COMMITTEE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $904.27
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,471.15
source

Destination: ELC RETREAT
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $497.63
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE MARRIOTT FOR RETREAT
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $769.14
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA FOR KUALA LUMPUR
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $14,000.74
source

Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-LANGKAWI-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: US-Malaysia Exchange Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $15,402.74
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO TO PEPPERDINE (LAX) TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY AND THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Aug 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,008.06
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Doolittle

Evan Goitein
Dain Hansen
Jason Larrabee
David Lopez
Greg Orlando
Joshua Reedy
Richard Robinson
John Willis



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.