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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

    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.

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

Eliot Engel


Total cost of 46 office trips: $117,299.20


Trips by Eliot Engel
Total cost of congressperson's 25 trips: $89,635.61

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,031.60
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONVENTION AND MEET W/ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,750.04
source

Destination: NEW YORK - CHICAGO - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN NCTA CONVENTION
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,993.89
source

Destination: MONTANA - WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO ATTEND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 3, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,102.05
source

Destination: UKRAINE-BELARUS
Sponsor: JEWISH CONFEDERATION OF UKRAINE
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BABIY WAR TRAGEDY
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,975.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S NATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $938.46
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,742.24
source

Destination: DCA-RALEIGH-LGA
Sponsor: IDT Corporation
Purpose: MEETING WITH JONATHAN POLLARD
Date: Feb 20, 2002
Expense: $187.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC DINNER
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $561.26
source

Destination: NEW YORK - ATLANTA - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S SUMMIT MEETING
Date: Oct 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,303.13
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN NAB 2003 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,655.30
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,983.40
source

Destination: LONDON - ISRAEL - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council(s)
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH ELECTED & COMMUNITY LEADERS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,441.20
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NAB RADIO SHOW
Date: Oct 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $876.74
source

Destination: TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Michael Cherney Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SUMMIT
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,481.00
source

Destination: DC-FLORIDA-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,998.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-LA JOLLA-FLORIDA-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,035.29
source

Destination: NY-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,267.16
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL GALA
Date: Oct 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,458.09
source

Destination: FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,941.22
source

Destination: KRAKOW-WARSAW
Sponsor: Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Purpose: EXPLORING 1000 YEARS OF JEWISH PRESENCE ON POLISH SOIL
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,559.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,333.56
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-ALBANIA-MONTENEGRO-KOSOVA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: NATIONAL ALBANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL
Purpose: TO MONITOR ALBANIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS & TO MEET WITH VARIOUS LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE BALKONS
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $6,872.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eliot Engel

John Calvelli
Emily Gibbons
Pete Leon
Rachel Miller
Christopher Pernie
Joanna Serra
Jason Steinbaum
William Weitz



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.