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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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  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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  • 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.

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.

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Office of

Maurice Hinchey


Total cost of 64 office trips: $191,796.70


Trips by Maurice Hinchey
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $148,850.54

Destination: BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE "U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,855.55
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE U.S. EMBARGO ON THE PEOPLE OF CUBA
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,411.62
source

Destination: MOROCCO, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, EGYPT
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: MEETINGS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON HOW BEST TO FURTHER THE PEACE PROCESS
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $8,351.79
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,509.97
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $2,654.30
source

Destination: DAMASCUS, CAIRO, TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $9,157.05
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARDS CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,363.10
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,824.50
source

Destination: GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: "US GERMAN ROUNDTABLE" MEETING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,497.50
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF STATE
Date: May 26, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $11,288.59
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND AND PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $4,248.30
source

Destination: PRAGUE, MADRID
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: IMDI BOARD MEETING
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,047.40
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $15,042.00
source

Destination: SHANGHAI - NANJING - BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $8,770.95
source

Destination: HAVANA AND SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF THE CUBAN EMBARGO
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,832.78
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY WITH IMDI
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: "U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,947.60
source

Destination: ALBANY, NY-DOHA, QATAR-AMMAN, JORDAN-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE FOUNDATION/UNIVERSITY OF QATAR
Purpose: THIRD ANNUAL QATAR-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR FREE MARKETS & DEMOCRATS
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,724.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $5,862.10
source

Destination: MADISON, WISCONSIN
Sponsor: Free Press
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIA REFORM.
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $814.22
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN THE ASA'S CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,777.03
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONS.
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,657.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,575.70
source

Destination: MOSCOW-BRATISLAVA-BUDAPEST
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: IMDI SERIES OF BOARD ROOM BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,355.20
source

Destination: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: TO DEMONSTRATE SOLIDARITY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT OF OLANCHO'S MARCH FOR LIFE, A MARCH IN PROTEST OF ILLEGAL LOGGING IN HONDURAS AND THE CORRUPTION THAT SUSTAINS IT.
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,628.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY.
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,712.55
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: $9,183.68
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Sponsor: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND AWARD RECIPIENT AT THE AOMALLIANCE 12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION
Date: May 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $279.16
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: Free Press
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR MEDIA REFORM
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $478.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Maurice Hinchey

Paul Brotherton
Sara Curtis
Wendy Darwell
Anne Georges
Denise Giuliano
Michael Iger
Dianne Miller
Averi Pakulis
Kiersten Stewart



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.