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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.

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.

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Office of

Henry Bonilla


Total cost of 23 office trips: $52,324.13


Trips by Henry Bonilla
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $28,085.63

Destination: MIDLAND, DELL CITY, FT STOCKTON
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: OVERSIGHT OF PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE FACILITIES
Date: Aug 28, 2000
Expense: $1,487.50
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: GMA EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose:
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,032.13
source

Destination: AWARD PRESENTATION
Sponsor: TEXAS RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION
Purpose: AWARD PRESENTATION
Date: Mar 27, 2002
Expense: $1,795.25
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,759.24
source

Destination: S.A-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: OFFICIAL EVENT
Date: Feb 10, 2003
Expense: $944.00
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: AMI
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,649.58
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,051.70
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: INTERVIEW ON THE DAILY SHOW
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,174.59
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SUBSTANTIAL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 21, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,233.69
source

Destination: LGA
Sponsor: Goldman Sachs Group
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 24, 2005
Expense: $289.24
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-TEL AVIV
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $9,890.71
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Henry Bonilla

Carolyn Hensarling
Marcus Lubin
Mary Pearson
Kelly Ploeg
Stephen Ruhlen



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.