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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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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Jim Jeffords


Total cost of 87 office trips: $120,271.82


Trips by Jim Jeffords
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $43,143.78

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: EDUCATIONAL FINANCE GROUP
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON HIGHER EDUCATION LENDING ISSUES
Date: Feb 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,101.03
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,214.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,465.60
source

Destination: LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: LONG BEACH EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP SEAMLESS EDUCATION
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,202.00
source

Destination: LAKE TAHOE, NV
Sponsor: Alliance of Western Milk Producers
Purpose: TO ATTEND DAIRY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $204.00
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AS WAYS OF REDUCING GAS EMISSIONS AND ADDRESSING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $325.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,354.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Transportation Research Board
Purpose: SPEECH TO TRANSPORTATION GROUP
Date: Oct 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,024.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Harlem Business Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT "PROFILES IN COURAGE" AWARDS DINNER
Date: Dec 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,334.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Mar 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $681.17
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Purpose: TO ATTEND/SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $895.28
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT/THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,382.90
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,168.50
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,341.80
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: TO ENCOURAGE GREATER TRADE WITH THE STATE OF VERMONT AND TO INVESTIGATE THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STATUS OF CUBA
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,450.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Jeffords

Kimberly Barnes-O'connor
Edward Barron
Kathleen Black
Geoffrey Brown
Ken Connolly
Toby Croll
Jo-Ellen Darcy
Diane Derby
Sean Donohue
Ryan Erenhouse
Scott Giles
Laurie Heim
Shannon Heyck-Williams
Mary Katherine Ishee
Sherry Kaiman
Justin King
William Kurtz
Andrew Meyer
Christopher Miller
Kim Monk
Catharine Ransom
Mary Frances Repko
Bryan Richardson
Arthur Rosenfeld
Susan Russ
Eric Silva
Jennifer Anne Smulson
Jeffrey Squires
Joshua Stahl
Erik Steavens
Alison Taylor
Cameron Taylor
Kevin Veller
Mitch Warren
Margaret Wetherald
Malcolm Woolf



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.