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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.

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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Sue Kelly


Total cost of 31 office trips: $68,744.23


Trips by Sue Kelly
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $35,715.63

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: TO VISIT FIRMS IN THE HIGH TECH CORRIDOR
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,299.06
source

Destination: DC/ALBANY/LAKE GEORGE, NY
Sponsor: NAT'L ASSOCIATION OF MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANIES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $768.04
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2003 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $18,650.40
source

Destination: FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: DOH
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,854.70
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: TO ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON FREE TRADE AND DEMOCRACY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK/CHICAGO/WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chicago Board Options Exchange
Purpose: TO HAVE A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT HOW THE MARKETS OPERATE, TOUR THE TRADING FLOORS AND MEET WITH TRADERS AND OTHER MARKET PARTICIPANTS
Date: Apr 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,335.04
source

Destination:
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO THE EXCHANGE
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $34.09
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHILADELPHIA - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTEND THE 2005 NATIONAL LISTENING TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
Date: Sep 8, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,236.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sue Kelly

Nich Curran
Amy Forshew
Alfred Garesche
Michael Giuliani
Steve Hall
Carolyn Holmes
Mike Mc Eleney
Michael Mceleney
Ann Potter



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.