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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

Thomas Carper


Total cost of 51 office trips: $74,844.60


Trips by Thomas Carper
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,220.27

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV-PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE CONFERENCE, ATTEND BROOKINGS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $651.81
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC RESCHEDULED SPRING MEETING
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,604.63
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT NATIONAL CLASS ACTION CLE PROGRAM (CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION) GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE FILED ON 11/3/03, DELAY IN GETTING ACTUAL REIMBURSEMENT AMOUNT FROM THE ABA
Date: Oct 3, 2003
Expense: $451.50
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Business-Government Relations Council
Purpose: THE BUSINESS GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SENATOR CARPER SPOKE ON A PANEL REGARDING CLASS ACTION REFORM, WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,486.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS MEETINGS TO DISCUSS POLICY/MESSAGE STRATEGY FOR THE COMING YEAR
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Expense: $392.01
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MEETING IN DETROIT
Date: Jan 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,554.79
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HIGH LEVEL EXECUTIVES OF FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANIES, ARRANGED BY SIA. NOTE: A PORTION OF THE TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDE 1/3 THE COST OF A SHARED PRIVATE CAR USED FOR TRANSPORTATION IN NYC
Date: Mar 18, 2004
Expense: $412.36
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT, SENATOR CARPER WAS A SPEAKER AT A BREAKFAST PANEL ON 3/27
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,662.98
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Railway Supply Institute
Purpose: SENATOR CARPER ADDRESSED THE 2004 RSI SPRING LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,971.04
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Business-Government Relations Council
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING, SENATOR CARPER ADDRESSED ATTENDEES REGARDING ISSUES FACING CONGRESS. (NOTE: COST OF MEALS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE ROOM, NOT AN ITEMIZED CHARGE)
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,141.10
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $8,458.32
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SENATOR CARPER PARTICIPATED AS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $433.13
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Carper

Sean Barney
Stephen Gardner
Hilary Jochmans
J Jonathan Jones
John Kilvington
Tom Lawler
Sheila Murphy
Tony Park
James Reilly
Margaret Simmons



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.