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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

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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    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.
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Office of

Kay Granger


Total cost of 27 office trips: $127,188.76


Trips by Kay Granger
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $34,926.93

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Texas Governor's Commission for Women
Purpose: TX WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Mar 4, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $618.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS AND BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE
Purpose: SPEECH AT THEIR ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,704.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: DALLAS/FT. WORTH - ROME, ITALY - DALLAS/FT. WORTH
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,400.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,876.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY TO DFW
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $14,367.00
source

Destination: KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON, NAPA VALLEY, CA., MONTEREY, CA.
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,186.18
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,914.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BC
Sponsor: RADIO SHACK PAID FOR THE AIRFARE. THE MEMBER PERSONALLY COVERED ALL OTHER EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRIP
Purpose: TO VIEW, AND DO FACT-FINDING, ON A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN VANCOUVER THAT IS SIMILAR TO A DEVELOPING PROJECT IN FORTH WORTH
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,680.25
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: ATTEND ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,181.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Kay Granger

Nora Bomar
Christina Clayton
Robert Head
Johnnie Kaberle
Barrett Karr
Joe O'rourke



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.