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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.

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Office of

Steve Israel


Total cost of 25 office trips: $94,256.92


Trips by Steve Israel
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $62,472.11

Destination: BOSTON LOGAN
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 6, 2001
Expense: $225.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO AIPAC MEMBERSHIP
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,189.00
source

Destination: TOUR OF NORTH-SHORE-LIJ HOSPITALS AND DISCUSSION OF THEIR FEDERAL NEED
Sponsor: NORTH SHORE-LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITALS
Purpose: TOUR OF NORTH SHORE-LIJ HOSPITALS AND DISCUSSIONS OF THEIR MEDICARE/NIT CONCERNS AND NEEDS.
Date: Apr 11, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $455.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Touro College
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2002
Expense: $462.00
source

Destination: LONG ISLAND, NY - NEW YORK CITY, NY - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TOUR OF NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $689.18
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO MEET WITH ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS REGARDING THE MIDDLE EAST PROCESS.
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (12 days)
Expense: $10,829.60
source

Destination: JFK-FLL-IAD
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $706.76
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA-HYDERABAD, INDIA-MUMBAI, INDIA-DHAKA, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: DELEGATION VISIT TO INDIA TO MEET WITH POLITICAL AND BUSINESS LEADERS, DISCUSS DEFENSE AND FINANCIAL POLICIES
Date: Jan 2, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $20,270.26
source

Destination: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Sponsor: INSTITUTE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES (ISEAS) FOR 1/10-1/15 AND 1/18 COMMUNICATIONS CONSORTIUM MEDIA CENTER (SRI LANKA PORTION) 1/15-1/17
Purpose: COLLECT INFORMATION ON TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS AND HOMELAND SECURITY
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $14,996.20
source

Destination: TEL AVIV-JERUSALEM AND TRAVEL WITHIN ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE PRESSING ISSUES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PARTICULARLY DISENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $12,649.11
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Steve Israel

Francis Creighton
Deborah Darcy
Priya Dayananda
Matthew Larkin
Heather Mchugh
Mark Siegel
Jonathan Vogel



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.