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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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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 | 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

Don Nickles


Total cost of 112 office trips: $304,648.74


Trips by Don Nickles
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $82,961.39

Destination: ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,531.98
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Beer Institute
Purpose: SPEAK - KEYNOTE, BEER INSTITUTE WINTER RETREAT
Date: Nov 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,386.54
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $12,200.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $970.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,777.67
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,470.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Lincoln Club of Northern California
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $5,875.07
source

Destination: GEORGIA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE AUGUSTA PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,646.56
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WV
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,993.54
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, CO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,900.00
source

Destination: IRELAND
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,975.00
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $10,208.36
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEECH AT CLARK BARDES FEDERAL POLICY GROUP
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,579.60
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,647.80
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.VA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: May 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,010.47
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, CO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,082.00
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $9,706.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Don Nickles

Derek Albro
Amy Angelier
Kathryn Barr
W Bret Bernhardt
Daniel Brandt
Daniel Branelt
Cara Duckworth
Katherine Gumerson
Stacey Harley
Megan Hauck
Rachel Hensler
Jody Hernandez
Don Kent
Matthew Kirk
Chan Klingensmith
J Mclane Layton
Stacey Lowder
Hazen Marshall
Marlo Meuli
Diane Moery
Stephen Moffitt
Lee Morris
Aaron Mullins
Maureen O'neill
Michael Osburn
K Gayle Osterberg
Anne Oswalt
David Pappone
Roy Phillips
Jennifer Quinlan
Brook Simmons
Margaret Stewart
Eric Ueland
C Stewart Verdery
Binyamin Zomer



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.