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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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  • 08.29.14

    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.

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

Ron Kind


Total cost of 33 office trips: $76,892.21


Trips by Ron Kind
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $33,610.07

Destination: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,454.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,767.00
source

Destination: TOUR OF MICROSOFT AND STARBUCKS HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: MICROSOFT AND STARBUCKS
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $5,513.00
source

Destination: DC TO AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,093.36
source

Destination: MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE EU PARLIAMENT
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND ECONOMIC SUMMIT WITH EU LEADERS
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $16,396.97
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM; AL, MONTGOMERY, AL; SELMA, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT (GATHERED PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SCHOLARS AND PRIVATE SECTOR REPS FOR DISCUSSION; MEMBERS WORKED ON AGENDA/STRATEGY; GAVE PRESENTATION ON NEW DEMS)
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,491.07
source

Destination: 'DEVILS TOWER,' AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Sponsor: Dominion Resources Inc
Purpose: TO VIEW AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING ON ITS PURPOSE AND OPERATION
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $969.67
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ron Kind

Mark Aumann
Cindy Brown
Elizabeth Dunford
Sherry Harper
Jeffrey Mazur
Erik Olson
Bradley Pfaff
Darin Schroeder
Matt Trebon



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.