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

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Fortney Stark


Total cost of 15 office trips: $48,898.67


Trips by Fortney Stark
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $43,657.65

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,696.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,504.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEDICAL PROVIDERS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,822.50
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,683.63
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,196.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,373.00
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: PATHOLOGY SERVICES ASSOCIATES
Purpose: SPEECH FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $6,300.04
source

Destination: LONDON-MUNICH-FRANKFURT
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $14,270.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE CHALLENGE OF EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,811.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Fortney Stark

Debra Curtis
Andrea Salinas
Chad Shearer



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.