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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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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

Ernest Hollings


Total cost of 45 office trips: $106,083.43


Trips by Ernest Hollings
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $10,477.56

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: LEADERSHIP ROUND TABLE, AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 22, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $1,808.59
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: MCI (formerly WorldCom Inc)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $575.00
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: Commonwealth North
Purpose: OFFICIAL NAMING OF TED STEVENS ANCHORAGE INT'L. AIRPORT
Date: Jul 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,040.00
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 4, 2000
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: BOULDER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,616.36
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,589.61
source

Destination: BOULDER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $798.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO GREENVILLE, SC (SELF AND SPOUSE)
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2003
Expense: $800.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernest Hollings

Ashley Cooper
Bridget Ferriss
Amy Fraenkel
Alford Haselden
Dabney Hegg
Joab Lesesne
Chan Lieu
Brian Nagle
Julian Norment
Aisha Pearson
Danielle Renart
Toby Short
Sam Whitehorn



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.