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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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Adam Smith


Total cost of 49 office trips: $115,698.06


Trips by Adam Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $43,591.92

Destination: PHOENIX; SEDONA AZ
Sponsor: Qwest Communications International Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,596.47
source

Destination:
Sponsor: BOEING CO, MICROSOFT CORP WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK
Purpose: PACIFIC NORTHWEST STAFF VISIT
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,978.83
source

Destination: BEIJING, SHENZHEN AND TAIPEI, CHINA
Sponsor: ASPI GROUP AND SEATTLE PACIFIC TRADING CO
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $9,887.92
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,093.96
source

Destination: MICROSOFT CAMPUS
Sponsor: COLUMBIA RESEARCH GROUP
Purpose: MEET N' GREET
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $690.00
source

Destination: HONDURAS
Sponsor: GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
Purpose: EXAMINE THE SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL POVERTY SUCH AS MICROCREDIT AND TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF CAFTA WITH PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,713.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY TO BRING TOGETHER PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SCHOLARS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION OF PRESSING ISSUES FACING THE UNITED STATES
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.34
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND TO PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,107.20
source

Destination: SEATTLE TO ASPEN
Sponsor: THE ASPEN INSTITUTE & THE DLC
Purpose: EXAMINE THE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF GOOD LEADERSHIP AND APPLY THEM TO SPECIFIC REAL WORLD CHALLENGES AMERICA IS FACING IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,313.20
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND TO TOKYO, JAPAN TO NAGOYA, JAPAN TO SEATTLE
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY TOUR. THE TRADE AND POVERTY FORUM MOBILIZES POLITICAL WILL AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $10,205.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Adam Smith

Lars Anderson
Shana Chandler
Linda Danforth
Mark De La Iglesia
Brandon Hall
Jason Henning
John Mulligan
Hun Quach
Jordan Triplett
Andrea Tull
Ali Wade
Ali Weise



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.