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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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  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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

Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation


Total cost of 25 trips: $240,598.86


Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: MOROCCO; KUWAIT; UNITED ARAB EMIRATES; OMAN
Purpose: EDUCATION/MEETING W/GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $14,408.92
source

Traveler: David Price (from the office of David Price)
Destination: MOROCCO, TUNISIA, KUWAIT, ABU DHABI, U.A.E.
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,304.10
source

Traveler: James Moran (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: MIDDLE EAST (MOROCCO, TUNISIA, ALGERIA & EGYPT)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,946.00
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: MOROCCO, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, EGYPT
Purpose: MEETINGS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON HOW BEST TO FURTHER THE PEACE PROCESS
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $8,351.79
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: DAMASCUS, CAIRO, TEL AVIV
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $9,157.05
source

Traveler: Robert Torricelli (from the office of Robert Torricelli)
Destination: SYRIA, ISRAEL, EGYPT, FRANCE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/CONSULTATION
Date: Nov 19, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $15,437.46
source

Traveler: John Bradshaw (from the office of Robert Torricelli)
Destination: SYRIA, ISRAEL, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/CONSULTATION
Date: Nov 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $9,413.12
source

Traveler: James Moran (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: MIDDLE EAST
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $7,878.09
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: TEL AVIV, AMMAN, BEIRUT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,408.27
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: MIDDLE EAST
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF STATE
Date: May 26, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $11,288.59
source

Traveler: Gary Ackerman (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: LONDON - DAMASCUS - TEL AVIV - JERUSALEM - AMMAN - JEDDAH - CAIRO - TEL AVIV
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $15,837.78
source

Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: SYRIA, SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT, ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $4,703.17
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: SAUDI ARABIA; BAHRAIN
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Oct 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $10,517.17
source

Traveler: Darrell Issa (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: BEIRUT
Purpose: TO PROMOTE SUPPORT FOR THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Date: Oct 5, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $10,892.42
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: TEL AVIV
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,419.05
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: NEW YORK TO MIDDLE EAST-TEL AVIV, BERLIN, LEBANON, SYRIA, ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $6,284.60
source

Traveler: Jim Davis (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: MIDDLE EAST - LEBANON, ISRAEL, KUWAIT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $9,270.82
source

Traveler: Adam Schiff (from the office of Adam Schiff)
Destination: MIDDLE EAST: EGYPT, SYRIA, LEBANON, JORDAN
Purpose: ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH FOREIGN LEADERS
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $12,484.57
source

Traveler: David Price (from the office of David Price)
Destination: NY-MIDDLE EAST-KUWAIT-LEBANON, ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $10,827.92
source

Traveler: Joshua Rogin (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-MEETINGS WITH GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $3,533.36
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-MEETINGS W/ GOVT. OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,772.79
source

Traveler: David Price (from the office of David Price)
Destination: SYRIA - BEIRUT - TEL AVIV
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 2, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $8,826.75
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: SAUDI ARABIA, CAIRO, TEL AVIV
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; MTG W/ OFFICIALS
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $11,991.33
source

Traveler: Jim Davis (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: MIDDLE EAST-SYRIA, LEBANON, EGYPT, OMAN, QATAR, SAUDIA ARABIA, ISRAEL, PA
Purpose: CONGRESS AND DELEGATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 10, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,281.35
source

Traveler: Eric Johnson (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: SYRIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $7,362.39
source



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.