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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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  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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

Richard Pombo


Total cost of 165 office trips: $241,508.78


Trips by Richard Pombo
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $20,534.81

Destination: NELSON, NEW ZEALAND
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $10,120.20
source

Destination: TOUR CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER IN L.A.
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE IN MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $928.58
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $263.00
source

Destination: SHIMONOSEKI
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Purpose: CHAIR MEETING OF THE SUSTAINABLE USE PARLIAMENTARIANS UNION
Date: May 16, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,594.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DEARBORN, MI
Sponsor: Ford Motor Co
Purpose: ATTEND FORD CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Date: Jun 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $691.86
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND AND NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Purpose: RING THE OPENING BELL AT THE STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Oct 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,055.78
source

Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $880.71
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Pombo

Cynthia Ahwinona
Jack Belcher
Kathleen Benedetto
Kristen Bossi
Thomas Brierton
Harry Burroughs
Jessica Carter
Kurt Christensen
Meghan Conklin
Alissa Connor
Michael Correia
Jay Cranford
Steven Ding
Lindsay Doll
Teresa Fierro
Christopher Fluhr
Christopher Foster
Lucas Frances
Nicole Goehring
Robert Gordon
James Hall
Douglas Haye
Richard Healy
Robert Howarth
Tod Hull
Laura Hylden
Amelia Jenkins
Joshua Johnson
Brian Kennedy
Daniel Kish
J Stevens Lanich
Amanda Lawson
Joanna Mackay
Matt Miller
Michael Olsen
James Ottem
Tracey Parker
Jeffrey Petrich
Joshua Rolph
Vince Sampson
Kristin Schrader
Todd Smith
Whitney Smith
Marla Sousa
Matthew Street
Amy Taylor
Erica Tergeson
Daniel Val Kish
Seth Voyles
Catherine Ware
David Watkins
Kiel Weaver
David Whaley
Todd Willens
Ryan Yates
David Zacher
Jennifer Zuccarelli



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.