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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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Office of

Martin Frost


Total cost of 33 office trips: $59,131.50


Trips by Martin Frost
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $27,832.88

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY & SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE (PARTIAL PAYMENT)
Purpose: TO EDUCATE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT THE HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,085.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE ABA'S SUMMER MEETING
Date: Jul 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $7,245.00
source

Destination: JFK TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $5,453.18
source

Destination: DFW TO EL PASO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Israel Bonds
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL DINNER IN EL PASO
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $327.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PENN STATION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,412.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JT. LISTENING SESIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRON. JUSTICE BROWN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $480.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $2,528.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Miami
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SPOUSE TO UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AT THE REQUEST OF THE PRESI
Date: Mar 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,743.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Southern Methodist University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 22, 2003
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEWARK, NJ (ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE)
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Mar 2, 2004
Expense: $2,558.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Martin Frost

Camisha Abels
Matt Angle
Ronnie Carleton
Jennifer Dean
Fernando Gomez
Jane Hamilton
Shannon Hillman
Lynndell Jones
Susan Mcavoy
Shannon Meissner
Wendy Skillern
Askia Suruma
Kristi Walseth
Sarah Wisner



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.