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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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  • 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

Thomas Sawyer


Total cost of 22 office trips: $69,857.05


Trips by Thomas Sawyer
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $50,932.53

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,626.60
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, VENICE
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STUDY TRIP
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,394.50
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TPN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,262.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Informal Coalition
Purpose: ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.82
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND & TALLINN, ESTONIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,380.60
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: STANDARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY & SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM: THE NEW CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION"
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,169.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INFINITY HEALTHCARE INC
Purpose: ADDRESS FRONTLINES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,053.41
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,942.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Sawyer

Amy Boyle
Betsy Cuthbertson
Christine Dodd
Holly Feiock
Daniel Lucas
Joe Mcgarvey
David Toomey



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.