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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.

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

Thomas Daschle


Total cost of 40 office trips: $64,107.86


Trips by Thomas Daschle
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $10,365.53

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Mar 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,043.50
source

Destination: TO & FROM CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jun 11, 2001
Expense: $2,067.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 25, 2001
Expense: $1,839.00
source

Destination: SIOUX FALLS TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Oct 29, 2001
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bertelsmann AG
Purpose: PUBLICITY FOR BOOK
Date: Aug 15, 2003
Expense: $229.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bertelsmann AG
Purpose: PUBLICITY FOR BOOK
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,113.28
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bertelsmann AG
Purpose: PUBLICITY FOR BOOK
Date: Nov 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $565.19
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bertelsmann AG
Purpose: PUBLICITY FOR BOOK
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $758.06
source

Destination: MANHATTAN, KS
Sponsor: KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SENATOR DASCHLE DELIVERED THE LANDON LECTURE ON MAY 10
Date: May 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $650.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Daschle

Josh Ackil
Jonathan Adelstein
Joan Huffer
Evan Johesman
Mark Lippert
Jeffrey Mitchell
Sheila Murphy
Eric Olsen
Eric Olson
Mark Patterson
Daniel Pfeiffer
Sean Richardson
Joe Trahern
Peter Umhofer
Zabrae Valentine
Brad Van Dam



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.