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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.

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    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

Brad Miller


Total cost of 12 office trips: $30,291.58


Trips by Brad Miller
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $21,612.39

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: TOUR OF THE NASDAQ MARKETSITE
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TO STUDY THE WORKINGS OF THE NASDAQ MARKET
Date: Mar 14, 2003
Expense: $646.99
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,620.55
source

Destination: TOURS OF THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE INC., CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: TO STUDY DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AT THE MARKETS
Date: Oct 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,302.62
source

Destination: TOUR OF THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TO STUDY DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AT THE MARKET
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,442.51
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH AND POLITICS INSTITUTE/CONGRESSMAN BRAD MILLER CONTRIBUTED $500.00 PERSONAL FUNDS TO EXPENSES
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TOURING HISTORIC SITES ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS MARCH
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $299.04
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA-LONDON, ENGLAND-FRANKFURT (LANDSTUHL/RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE), GERMANY-BERLIN, GERMANY-MUNICH, GERMANY-CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: BRING TOGETHER ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS & GERMAN BUNDESTAG FOR DISCUSSIONS OF POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING US & EUROPE; TO DEVELOP INFORMAL CONNECTIONS W/ COLLEAGUES
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,990.68
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Brad Miller

Thomas Koonce
Bryan Mitchell



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.