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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

Doc Hastings


Total cost of 43 office trips: $70,863.32


Trips by Doc Hastings
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $18,369.93

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: VISIT SALLAFIELD NUCLEAR SITE
Date: Jan 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $7,813.00
source

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

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Exchange-Monitor Publications Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 22, 2001
Expense: $859.66
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Exchange-Monitor Publications Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON NUCLEAR POLICY
Date: Oct 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,416.71
source

Destination: PASCO, WA - TUCSON, AZ - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: WASTE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIA, INC.
Purpose: SPEAKER ON DOE AND WHAT CONGRESS CAN EXPECT TO DO WITH THE FY '05 BUDGET REQUEST FOR CLEAN UP PROGRAMS
Date: Feb 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,202.90
source

Destination: YAKIMA, WA - STUART ISLAND, B.C. - PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN AN ENERGY SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY
Date: Jul 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,170.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: US Apple Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION MEETING
Date: Aug 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.66
source

Destination: MR. HASTINGS: DC-PHOENIX, AZ-PASCO, WA MRS. HASTINGS: PASCO, WA-PHOENIX, AZ-PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Doc Hastings

Jessica Baker
James Brown
Ed Cassidy
Jon Devaney
Elizabeth Fortunato
Jessica Gleason
Jennifer Gorski
J Stevens Lanich
Jeff Markey
Tyler Prout
Jennifer Scott
Jenn Spurgat
Staci Stevenson
Douglas Stout
Stephanie Thornton
Tiffany Turner
Todd Young



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.