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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.
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    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.

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

Eddie Bernice Johnson


Total cost of 39 office trips: $73,637.63


Trips by Eddie Bernice Johnson
Total cost of congressperson's 33 trips: $61,847.72

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: United Negro College Fund
Purpose: MEMBER WAS A GUEST OF THE CEO/PRES. OF UNCF
Date: Mar 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,225.75
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: MARKETS RESEARCH & FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Jun 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,141.09
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: CBC CARIBBEAN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,340.30
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CEA LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY RECEPTION & DINNER AND 2001 INT'L. CONSUMER ELECTRONIC SHOW AND CONFERENCE - MEMBER WAS ONE OF THE SPEAKERS
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.72
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: TRUMPET AWARDS AND DINNER
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $472.22
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2001 DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ISSUES CONFERENCE AT NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS IN FARMINGTON, PA
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ONE OF THE GUEST SPEAKERS AT CONFERENCE IN SCOTSDALE, AZ
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,825.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STATE LEGISLATORS CONF. IN ATLANTA, GA
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,448.30
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS
Purpose: NAT'L. CONF. OF BLACK MAYORS RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD
Date: Mar 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $989.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AT&T, MICROSOFT & AMERICAN AIRLINES
Purpose: HI-TECH TOUR FOR CBC HOSTED BY REP. JOHNSON
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $9,425.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Mar 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $300.75
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CBC HIGH TECH SUMMIT
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,043.55
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: BOARD MEMBER ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $132.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $816.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: CBC ENERGY SUMMIT
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,733.25
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Democratic National Committee
Purpose: SUMMER EXEC. CONFE. MTG.
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,140.35
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: POLICY LUNCHEON/LUNCHEON HONORING CBC MEMBERS ISSUES DISCUSSED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS; MUSIC INDUSTRY; GENERAL ISSUE
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $377.28
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AS PANELIST AT 92ND ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 9, 2001
Expense: $1,044.25
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PRIVACY RETREAT AS A PANELIST
Date: Jul 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $894.33
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NISSAN CORP
Purpose: NISSAN EDUCATION TESTING SERVICE EVENT AT N.C. A&T UNIV IN GREENSBORO
Date: Jul 15, 2001
Expense: $681.50
source

Destination: GRENADA
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: MULTI NATIONAL BUS. CONF.
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,460.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT AT LANSDOWNE RESORT IN LEESBURG, VA
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $658.81
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: SPEAK AT LUNCHEON
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $960.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON SUN., JULY 7TH IN HOUSTON, TX
Date: Jul 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $315.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $913.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,980.60
source

Destination: NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: TULSA, OK
Sponsor: John Edwards Campaign
Purpose: CAMPAIGN, RELATED
Date: Jan 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $214.80
source

Destination: NC-CANCUN, MEXICO-HAVANA, CUBA, MEXICO-NC
Sponsor: THE INTERRELIGIOUS FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/THE CHRISTOPHER REGARD TO FOUND
Purpose: MET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISIT CONSTITUENTS AT THE LATIN AMERICAN MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: DALLAS RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR-DC
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACILITATE BUSINESS LEADERS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COMPANIES AS WELL AS AFRO-BRAZILIAN COMPANIES
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,289.37
source

Destination: DALLAS, ST. KITTS, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: BRING TOGETHER AFRICAN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN AMERICAN BUSINESS/CIVIC LEADERS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS-ISTANBUL AND ANKARA TURKEY AND NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF U.S.-TURKISH RELATIONS AND TO MEET WITH TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS TO DISCUSS AREAS OF MUTUAL CONCERN: THE WAR ON TERRORISM, THE MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS AND A SETTLEMENT FOR THE DIVIDED ISLAND OF CYPRUS
Date: May 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,091.98
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA-CANCON-HAVANA-MIAMI
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: EXPLORE FIRST-HAND THE ISSUES CURRENTLY FACING THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. AN OPPORTUNITY TO FASTER A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TOWARDS DEALING WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND FINDING CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS TO US/CUBA POLICY CONCERNS
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.29
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson

Morat Bokcigdem
Joye Purser
Edlecia Sherrod
Jennifer Stewart
John Tustin



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.