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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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  • 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.

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

Mel Watt


Total cost of 58 office trips: $158,601.60


Trips by Mel Watt
Total cost of congressperson's 23 trips: $89,512.47

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,695.50
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CBC, THE CHC AND THE CAPAC
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,422.08
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO JACKSONVILLE, FL TO CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION BRAINTRUST
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,236.50
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,930.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,248.58
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,666.60
source

Destination: POTOMAC, MD
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $536.60
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,343.72
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CBC INSTITUTE SPONSORED DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $250.70
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: MET WITH THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, INC. TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE RELATED ISSUES
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $1,008.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NASSAU, BAHAMAS-CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,100.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-PUNTA MITA, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,533.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE RETREAT ON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES IN AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN BASIN
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,705.20
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-LOS ANGELES, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Purpose: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES IN THE RECORDING INDUSTRIES
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,466.66
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,502.02
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TRIP TO CUBA
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,329.23
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,988.00
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,838.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW YORK CITY-SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS RELATED TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $695.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY-SYRACUSE, NY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.
Date: Jan 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,193.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM.
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,404.80
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2005 NATIONAL SHOW SPONSORED BY THE NCTA TO MEET WITH CABLE PROVIDERS, PROGRAMMERS AND SUPPLIERS TO LEARN FIRST HAND HOW THE INDUSTRY OPERATES AND THEIR PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS.
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $8,350.05
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 2005 ANNUAL NAACP CONVENTION.
Date: Jul 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.33
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mel Watt

Andrew Barwig
Andrew Berwig
Paul Brathwaite
Joyce Brayboy
Keven Brough
Laura Hooper
Jewel James
Erika Jeffers
William Johnson
Jesse Price
Christal Sheppard



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.