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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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  • 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.

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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Trips sponsored by

American Legacy Foundation


Total cost of 20 trips: $20,668.06


Traveler: Joyce Postell (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: ATTENDED THE TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH SUMMIT ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $938.26
source

Traveler: Michael Honda (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: CONDUCT TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM IN MIAMI, FLD.
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $892.94
source

Traveler: Luis Gutierrez (from the office of Luis Gutierrez)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT-PARTICIPANT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,176.07
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,500.94
source

Traveler: Frances Diaz (from the office of Madeleine Bordallo)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: HEALTH SUMMIT ON RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,260.70
source

Traveler: Sam Farr (from the office of Sam Farr)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: MEMBERS OF THE CBC, CHC, AND CAPAC MET TO DISCUSS MINORITY HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $436.74
source

Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,402.72
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.73
source

Traveler: Albert Wynn (from the office of Albert Wynn)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.94
source

Traveler: Laverne Alexander (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,130.81
source

Traveler: Saul Pena (from the office of Ciro Rodriguez)
Destination: MIAMI TO DC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $868.03
source

Traveler: Jennifer Grodsky (from the office of Hilda Solis)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: FORUM ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $968.03
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $863.09
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MIAMI, FL
Purpose: ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL SUMMIT ON HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,219.07
source

Traveler: Kendrick Meek (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CHICAGO, IL-NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 3RD ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $821.20
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - CHICAGO - INDIANAPOLIS
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT - TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $685.31
source

Traveler: Adairius Gardner (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - CHICAGO - INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT - TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $685.31
source

Traveler: Madeleine Bordallo (from the office of Madeleine Bordallo)
Destination: HOUSTON-CHICAGO; CHICAGO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: A MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT THAT HIGHLIGHTED IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUES FACING MINORITY COMMUNITIES TODAY
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,392.06
source

Traveler: Jewel James (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH SUMMIT TO DISCUSS DISPARITIES IN HEALTHCARE AND ACCESS TO CARE.
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,158.12
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Purpose: HEALTH SUMMIT TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS RELATED TO DISPARTIES IN HEALTH CARE.
Date: Jul 23, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,017.99
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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.