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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.

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Office of

Henry Waxman


Total cost of 71 office trips: $187,708.87


Trips by Henry Waxman
Total cost of congressperson's 23 trips: $120,015.21

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: JFK SCHOOL OF GOVT./THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,118.40
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,080.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: UBS AG Inc
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: May 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,155.19
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. - RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,885.20
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT EVENT ON EVENING OF NOVEMBER 28
Date: Nov 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,155.35
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,496.60
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 25, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,465.60
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,409.60
source

Destination: SHANGHAI, NANJING, AND BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $14,230.00
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SPEECH AT UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,639.34
source

Destination: DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Business Media
Purpose: SPEECH ON POSTAL ISSUES AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $755.12
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON HEALTHCARE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,458.68
source

Destination: RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GENERIC DRUGS
Date: Jan 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,504.87
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $8,078.00
source

Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,701.30
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $9,035.00
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $9,112.60
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,334.80
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: PHARMACEUTICAL MARKETING CONGRESS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 28, 2004
Expense: $251.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA; MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,689.91
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON GENERIC DRUGS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,583.94
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION REGARDING US-ISRAEL RELATIONS, FOLLOWED BY GOVERNMENT BUSINESS MEETINGS AND SITE VISITS WITH ISRAELI OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $12,416.11
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Henry Waxman

Michelle Ash
Jeff Baran
Phil Barnett
Rebecca Claster
Brian Cohen
Patricia Delgado
Sarah Despres
Greg Dotson
Althea Gregory
Zahava Hurwitz
Paul Kim
David Mcmillen
Amanda Molson
Karen Nelson
David Rapallo
Philip Schilino
Nancy Scola
Naomi Seiler
Tania Shand
Joshua Sharfstein
Andrew Su
Alexandra Teitz
Denise Wilson



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.