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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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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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Office of

Betty Mccollum


Total cost of 31 office trips: $76,299.82


Trips by Betty Mccollum
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $31,940.11

Destination: CONFERENCE AS PART OF THE HARVARD UNIVERSITY JFK SCHOOL OF GOV.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,151.45
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FAIRBANKS ALASKA TO THE ARCTIC VILLAGE
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO THE ARCTIC NATIONAL REFUGE
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $3,017.08
source

Destination: TRAVELED ON MAY 26, TOOK BOAT TRIP TO TOUR THE TORGASS FOREST, RETURNED ON JUNE 2
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: TO GATHER INFORMATION ON THE TORGASS NATIONAL FOREST AS A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS RECREATION AND FORESTRY & THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NAT'L FORESTS & FOREST HEALTH
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,596.42
source

Destination: NORTH BELFAST, IRELAND
Sponsor: International Women's Democracy Center
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,017.88
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO GAIN MORE IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT HEALTHCARE ISSUES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,638.09
source

Destination: SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation
Purpose: TO SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT IS BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE GLOBAL AIDS EPIDEMIC
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $8,029.43
source

Destination: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Sponsor: Parliamentary Network on the World Bank
Purpose: HIV/AIDS WORKING GROUP
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $8,089.37
source

Destination: ST. PAUL FOR BOZEMAN, MONTANA
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM GRAZING FACT-FINDING TOUR.
Date: Aug 31, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $929.22
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,471.17
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Betty Mccollum

John Donald Burton
Bill Harper
Dany Khy
Anna Koeckeritz
Emily Lawrence
Chad Lord
Brittny Mccarthy
Jonathan Moore
Nora Smith
Constance Warhol



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.