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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

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    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.

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

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    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.

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Office of

Lindsey Graham


Total cost of 60 office trips: $139,992.43


Trips by Lindsey Graham
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $22,461.19

Destination: AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: CORNING PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $841.00
source

Destination: SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA
Sponsor: South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
Purpose: POLICY BRIEFING AND SPEECH TO ANNUAL MEETING OF SC. MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE
Date: May 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,071.00
source

Destination: ALBANY, GA
Sponsor: QUAIL UNLIMITED
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,119.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Motion Picture Association of America
Purpose: COPYRIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS BRIEFING
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $839.75
source

Destination: COLOMBIA, SC TO DULLES
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 1, 2003
Expense: $601.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $736.94
source

Destination: LAGUARDIA, NY TO COLUMBIA, SC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 3, 2003
Expense: $828.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: PATHOLOGY SERVICES ASSOCIATES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,043.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $10,638.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: KEYNOTE, SONY OPEN FORUM 2005 "ERA OF CONVERGENCE: RE-EXAMINING ITS THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES."
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $3,793.00
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AMERICAN TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION 2005 WINTER CONVENTION
Date: Jan 30, 2005
Expense: $260.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Headers Project
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE REGARDING U.S./MUSLIM RELATIONS
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: SOUTHEAST AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER, SOUTHEAST ABOTA NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $490.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lindsey Graham

Denise Bauld
Laura Bauld
Ed Bonapfel
Ellen Bradley
Thomas Burris
Michael Conschafter
Charles Durkin
Jessica Efird
Stephen Flippin
Aleix Jarvis
Stephanie Kaufmann
Andrew King
Jennifer Olson
Richard Perry
Matthew Rimkunas
Rene Tewkesbury



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

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    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.