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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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

Norman Dicks


Total cost of 24 office trips: $80,944.74


Trips by Norman Dicks
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $71,147.73

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,171.20
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: TO ADDRESS ANNUAL AEL-CIO MARITIME TRADES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,644.90
source

Destination: DC-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: STEVEDORING SERVICES OF AMERICA
Purpose: SECURITY CONCERNS OF CANAL AREA, REVERTED LAND FROM U.S. MILITARY-PORT DEVELOPMENT
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,603.10
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,913.36
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT FOR DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS & GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WAYS TO STIMULATE U.S. ECONOMY
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: SEATTLE-LOS ANGELES-DC
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON GLOBAL HAWK, EA6B, B2 AND FIRE SCOUT PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $702.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,035.45
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMITT DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,889.90
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: BRIEFING AND TOUR OF C-17 AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT PROTECTION SYSTEM. TOUR OF AF SATELLITE PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,117.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: PALMDALE, CA FOR BRIEFINGS ON B-2 PROGRAM, GLOBAL HAWK E10 PROGRAM-SPACE PARK-EL SEGUNDO FOR BRIEFINGS ON CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,234.65
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA-MANZANILLO, MEXICO-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SSA MARINE INC
Purpose: TO OBSERVE OPERATIONS & EFFICIENCIES OF SSA, MARINE, INC MARINE & RAIL TERMINALS IN OVERSEAS PORTS. SSA MARINE RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATION OF PORTS OF TACOMA & PORT ANGELES. BRIEFINGS PROVIDED SSA OFFICIALS EMPHASIZED DIFFERENT PERSONNEL & INFRASTRUCTURE R
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,390.73
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,925.68
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Raydon Corporation
Purpose: TO VISIT THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY CONFERENCE TO VIEW CONVOY TRAINEES, UP-ARMORED HMMWV TRAINERS, TABLETOP TRAINER & VIRTUAL SOLDIER AND TRAINERS FOR THE ABRAMS & BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $985.41
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA - LAS VEGAS, NV - DC
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO EXECUTIVE BOARD TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $755.87
source

Destination: NYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $17,382.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Norman Dicks

Kurt Beckett
Alyson Daly
Andrew Hunter
Colin Sheldon
Lesley Turner



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.