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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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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

Joseph Pitts


Total cost of 44 office trips: $97,932.97


Trips by Joseph Pitts
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $33,470.96

Destination: JAKARTA, INDONESIA-LAHOVE, ISLAMABAD, KOTTI NUNA-KASHR BORDER OF PAKES
Sponsor: INDONESIA-JUBILEE CAMPAIGN PAKISTAN-INAYAT BEGUM MEMORIAL TRUST
Purpose:
Date: May 29, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $5,378.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 5, 2001
Expense: $145.00
source

Destination: PAKISTAN, ALGERIA
Sponsor: PAKISTAN-INAYAT BEGUM FOUNDATION, ALGERIA-DEFENSE FORUM FOUNDATION
Purpose: PAKISTAN-PEOPLE TO PEOPLE DIPLOMACY, HUMANITARIAN ACT, ALGERIA-DIPLOMATIC MEETINGS, VISIT REFUGE CAMPS
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,759.76
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $63.40
source

Destination: BANGKOK, LAOS, VIETNAM, THAILAND
Sponsor: Jubilee Campaign USA
Purpose: DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIONAL LEADERS/STUDY HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $3,825.37
source

Destination: PAKISTAN-LAHORE, KOTLI NUNAN, MAZZAFARABAD, ISLAMABAD INDIA-BOMBAY, AHMEDABAD, NEW DELHI
Sponsor: PAKISTAN-INAYATBEGUM FOUNDATION INDIA-JUBILEE CAMPAIGN, USA
Purpose: TO MEET & BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS & NADS, PARTICULARLY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
Date: Jan 3, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $7,506.75
source

Destination: BELARUS
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BY US & BELARUS
Date: May 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $7,490.00
source

Destination: SPAIN-MADRID & ZARAGOZA
Sponsor: Defense Forum Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND & SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS ON THE ISSUE OF WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Nov 26, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,360.10
source

Destination: DC-BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING/BUILDING COALITIONS
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $936.58
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Joseph Pitts

Angelita Avila
Julie Carr
Amy Jones
Derek Karchner
Nina Krig
Ken Miller
John Neville
Lauren Noyes
Monica Volante
Bill Wichterman



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.