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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.

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Office of

Eleanor Holmes Norton


Total cost of 19 office trips: $21,406.43


Trips by Eleanor Holmes Norton
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $19,180.47

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Historical Society of US District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Purpose: PARTICIPATING IN THE UNVEILING CEREMONY FOR CHIEF JUDGE LEON HIGGINBOTHAM, JR.'S PORTRAIT
Date: Oct 26, 2000
Expense: $242.00
source

Destination: ALBANY, GA
Sponsor: Albany State University
Purpose: GIVING THE 2000 FALL COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
Date: Dec 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $689.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: City University Television
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE LEGACY OF JOHN LINDSAY.
Date: Jan 9, 2001
Expense: $228.75
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER IN WHITE SULPHER SPRING, WV
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AIRLINES/AT&T MICROSOFT
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS & TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES AS PART OF THE 2001 CBC RETREAT.
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,771.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and state affiliates
Purpose: MAIN SPEAKER AT THE RETIREMENT GALA FOR IRA GLASSER.
Date: Apr 27, 2001
Expense: $245.75
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL DURING THE WOMEN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT.
Date: Apr 28, 2001
Expense: $121.50
source

Destination: PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Chatham College
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE 2001 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS & RECEIVE AN HONORARY DEGREE
Date: May 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $760.06
source

Destination: PALO ALTO, CA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: TO SPEAK DURING THEIR COMMORATION OF BLACK LIBERATIN MONTH.
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,025.25
source

Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE OPENING ADDRESS AT THE RACE, VALUES AND THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROCESS: A SCHOLAR WORKING CONFERENCE IN HONOR OF THE LEGACY OF THE HONORABLE A. LEON HIGGINBOTHAM, JR. DINNER.
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $410.58
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,475.96
source

Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,518.50
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Gate City Bar Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE GATE CITY BAR ASSOCIATION'S 2003 HALL OF FAME DINNER
Date: Nov 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,969.00
source

Destination: ATHENS, OHIO-WILBERFORCE, OHIO-YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO
Sponsor: Antioch College Ohio
Purpose: CHATTERJEE PEACE LECTURE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND CAMPUS SPEAKER
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $963.15
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA-LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Equal Rights Advocates
Purpose: EQUAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,876.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES, AND IN THE PROCESS IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: HARTFORD, CO
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: YALE UNIVERSITY CLASS DAY SPEAKER
Date: May 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $693.97
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eleanor Holmes Norton

Julia Hudson
Aaron Ward



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.