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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.

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    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.
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Office of

Bob Etheridge


Total cost of 23 office trips: $90,046.06


Trips by Bob Etheridge
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $62,509.12

Destination:
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.00
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE TO COMPANY EMPLOYEES
Date: Mar 27, 2001
Expense: $639.50
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $17,764.64
source

Destination: LONDON, UK
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $10,295.80
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,972.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - BARCELONA - RALEIGH, NC
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SPANISH NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $14,624.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,959.48
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,078.02
source

Destination: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, INC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK" PANEL ON 3/19 9AM-11AM
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,536.99
source

Destination: RALEIGH-LOUISVILLE-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: TOWN HALL TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO RURAL AMERICANS
Date: Jun 19, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $468.29
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Etheridge

Julie Dwyer
Jennifer Eberhardt
Margaret Fisher
Patricia Lawler
Christopher Ogilvie
Lindy Paull
Ida Pleasants
Carolyn Smith



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.