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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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  • 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

Charles Stenholm


Total cost of 59 office trips: $93,509.81


Trips by Charles Stenholm
Total cost of congressperson's 35 trips: $55,802.40

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS REGARDING FEDERAL REGULATIONS INVOLVING THE COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $290.00
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $579.55
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON FARM POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $870.00
source

Destination: WYE RIVER CONF CTR.-QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN PLANNING FOR AGRICULTURE COMM. AGENDA
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $482.00
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAIN SORGHUM PRODUCERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $614.00
source

Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,969.51
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,091.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.69
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,653.90
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING W/ BRD OF DIRECTORS
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.65
source

Destination: WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2000
Expense: $511.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.60
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,597.47
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: ANNUAL POLICY MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,657.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Chicken Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,833.09
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: AMERICAN MOSQUITO CONTROL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $230.76
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $262.61
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $902.84
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $286.50
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, UTAH
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,848.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,050.92
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,693.41
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,048.11
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 4, 2002
Expense: $258.83
source

Destination: KERRVILLE, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS SHEEP & GOAT RAISERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $65.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WEST VA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,410.13
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 30, 2003
Expense: $563.50
source

Destination: BLAINE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,458.47
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Sinclair Oil Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,010.99
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FARM BROADCASTERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $682.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,576.50
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Soap & Detergent Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,534.25
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose:
Date: Feb 23, 2004
Expense: $568.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Stenholm

James Bailey
Lisa Kelley
Leslie Mcdonald
Jeffrey Meador
Russell Middleton
Anne Simmons
Rebecca Tice
Julie Turner



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.