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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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  • 08.28.14

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  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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

Donna Christian-Christensen


Total cost of 37 office trips: $61,441.35


Trips by Donna Christian-Christensen
Total cost of congressperson's 33 trips: $56,185.95

Destination: HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,300.92
source

Destination: MIAMI-HAITI-STX
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO HAITI
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,155.34
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003 AT THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: DOMINICAN AMERICAN NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Sponsor: TO ENHANCE TIES BETWEEN THE U.S. AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Purpose:
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,022.97
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education
Purpose: 2003 RECIPIENT OF CBC/ASTOHPPHE ADVOCACY AWARD
Date: May 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: LGA (NY)
Sponsor: NATIONAL BLACK LEADERSHIP COMMISSION ON AIDS
Purpose: HIV AIDS MEETING
Date: Jun 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $609.84
source

Destination: LGA (NY)
Sponsor: ST GEORGES UNIVERSITY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT COMMENCEMENT EXERCISE
Date: Jun 16, 2003
Expense: $279.35
source

Destination: LGA (NY)
Sponsor: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Purpose: MEETING WITH JOHN LAROSA, PRESIDENT OF THE MEDICAL CENTER
Date: Jun 23, 2003
Expense: $81.50
source

Destination: PITTSBURG
Sponsor: National Urban League
Purpose: 2003 DLC NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,131.20
source

Destination: PHL
Sponsor: Association of Black Cardiologists Inc
Purpose: ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: CENTER FOR WOMENS HEALTH
Date: Aug 3, 2003
Expense: $348.90
source

Destination: DCA-PHL - STT-STX
Sponsor: PARTNERSHIP FOR SIGHT
Purpose: 107TH ANNUAL NMA CONVENTION & SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY
Date: Aug 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,886.13
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,189.21
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC, ATLANTA, ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: Morehouse School of Medicine
Purpose: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Oct 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $942.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC, BAHAMAS, ST. CROIX
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: STX-PR
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: CARIBBEAN SUMMIT MEETING ON HIV/AIDS
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,532.39
source

Destination: DCA TO MIA TO SANTO DOMINGO/ SANTO DOMINGO TO SJU TO ST. CROIX
Sponsor: MULTI CULTURAL CARIBBEAN UNITED AGAINST HIV & AIDS
Purpose: HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,074.10
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Medical Herald
Purpose: URBAN DIABETES LEADERSHIP FORUM
Date: Apr 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $476.84
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO WEST PALM BEACH TO ST. CROIX
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: PANELIST: ACCESS TO MEDICINE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,914.95
source

Destination: BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: CBCF TRIP TO BRAZIL
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,718.14
source

Destination: DCA TO CHATTANOOGA, TN/ CHATTANOOGA TO ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: WOMENS MISSIONARY SOCIETY
Purpose: AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH SUMMIT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,733.81
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO NORFOLK/ NORFOLK TO WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT GUEST SPEAKER
Date: May 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $817.70
source

Destination: NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Duke University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: COMMUNITY LEGACY AWARD
Date: May 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $533.47
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: May 18, 2004
Expense: $394.70
source

Destination: ST. CROIX TO MIAMI/ MIAMI TO ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: MEETING OF THE CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERS
Date: May 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,166.70
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.73
source

Destination: GREENSBORO
Sponsor: Winston Salem State University
Purpose: NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO END HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Sep 28, 2004
Expense: $233.70
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,161.97
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,520.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO MARYLAND
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: DENMARK
Sponsor: AFRICAN CARIBBEAN REPARATIONS AND RESETTLEMENT ALLIANCE (ACREA)
Purpose: FOSTER A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DENMARK AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $747.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-ATLANTA-CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Black Health Network Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $710.30
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA-NORTH CAROLINA-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Wake Forest University
Purpose: GRADUATION KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $415.69
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Donna Christian-Christensen

Brian Modeste
Monique Watson
Britt Weinstock



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.