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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

Christopher Shays


Total cost of 48 office trips: $93,419.40


Trips by Christopher Shays
Total cost of congressperson's 27 trips: $61,179.05

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,148.08
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,683.60
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THIS SILICON VALLEY HIGH TECH INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,419.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISANSHIP
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,352.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Connecticut Association for Community Action
Purpose: SPEAK AT NEW ENGLAND COMMUNITY ACTION ASSOC. POLICY FORUM
Date: Mar 23, 2001
Expense: $441.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - STANLEY, ID - ST. LOUIS MD
Sponsor: Alliance for the Wild Rockies
Purpose: FACT FINDING VISIT TO NORTHEAST ROCKY MTN. AREA IN CONJUNCTION WITH PENDING BILL HR 488
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,919.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - STANLEY, ID - ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Principia College
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $709.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MD - COLUMBUS, OH - NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAK AT
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $847.89
source

Destination: NY - LOS ANGELES - WASH. DC
Sponsor: Campaign for America
Purpose: SPEAK TO CAMPAIGN THE AMERICA MEMBERS
Date: Jun 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $4,722.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO AIPAC MEMBERS
Date: Nov 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.34
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose:
Date: Dec 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,204.50
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $15,693.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $823.34
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Purpose: SPEAK AND RECEIVE AWARD AT LWV NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,717.00
source

Destination: NEW PALTZ, NY
Sponsor: NEW CANAAN SOCIETY
Purpose: SPEAK TO CONSTITUENTS ABOUT IRAQ
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Carter Center
Purpose: SPEAK AT CARTER CENTER COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS & PRIME MINISTERS OF THE AMERICAS
Date: Mar 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $973.50
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: COMMONFUND
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,044.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Trinity School
Purpose: SPEAK TO STUDENTS
Date: Mar 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
Purpose: PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT-SPEAK AT CONFERENCE PANETTA INSTITUTE-ACCEPT 2003 JEFFERSON-LINCOLN AWARD
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,858.11
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAK AT DINNER
Date: Mar 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,893.18
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: New York Institute of Technology
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $149.00
source

Destination: FL
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEMBERS' MEETING
Date: May 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,793.29
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT NAACP MEMBERS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $108.00
source

Destination: SELMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,850.00
source

Destination: ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FOR CHOICE
Purpose: SPEAK AT FUNDRAISER
Date: Aug 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,246.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Christopher Shays

Amy Bahel
Kristina Crooks
Hagar Hajjar
Elisabeth Hawkings
Larry Holden
Catherine Levinson
Katie Levinson
Matthew Meyer
Elena Padin
R Nicholas Palarino
Paul Pimentel
Jordan Press
Danielle Rosengarten
Diana Washington



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.