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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

Spencer Bachus


Total cost of 83 office trips: $154,861.20


Trips by Spencer Bachus
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $19,409.10

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,076.00
source

Destination: BHAM ALA TO SANTA FE TO SOLANA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,778.23
source

Destination: LA JOLLA, CA TO BHAM, ALA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,043.70
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: "THE HUMAN MOMENT" RETREAT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,491.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: American Securitization Forum
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $777.26
source

Destination: BUDAPEST
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 29, 2004 (15 days)
Expense: $9,023.26
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL TO BHAM, AL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,377.51
source

Destination: DC TO MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Hyundai Motor America
Purpose: GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
Date: May 20, 2005
Expense: $841.64
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Spencer Bachus

Jennifer Bellamy
Betty Bennett
Julie Busbee
Gerry Cashin
Tiffany Cobb
Johanna Cole
Jeff Emerson
Shayne Gill
Alan Hanson
Kyle Hicks
Gilbert Johnston
Evan Keefer
Larry Lavender
Jason Reese
Michael Staley
Warren Tryon



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.