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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

Christopher Reynolds Foundation


Total cost of 29 trips: $47,483.11


Traveler: Sandra Caron (from the office of Bernard Sanders)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA AND HAVANNA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, STUDY EFFECTS OF U.S. EMBARGO
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: Frederick Zylman (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA, VIA MIAMI, KL
Purpose: INFORMATION GATHERING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,478.47
source

Traveler: Dawn Patrice Jackson (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF EMBARGO ON VARIOUS INDUSTRIES IN CONNECTION WITH OFFICIAL DUTIES
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $1,775.47
source

Traveler: Marsha Mccraven (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: Faith Blackburne (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MIAMI AND HAVANA
Purpose: IMPROVING US/CUBA RELATIONS
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: David Madland (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose:
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,778.47
source

Traveler: Jennifer Park (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH MINISTRY OF TRADE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION ON HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN CUBA
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA
Purpose:
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Michelle Mancini (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: FACT-FINDING MISSION IN CUBA
Purpose: MEET W/ OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS EMBARGO & HUMAN RIGHTS
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Erich Pfuehler (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: CANCUN - HAVANA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,004.43
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,004.43
source

Traveler: Jodi Keyserling (from the office of David Price)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,922.40
source

Traveler: Hans Hogrefe (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: CANCUN-HAVANA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Traveler: Jonathan Fremont (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: MET WITH CUBAN OFFICIALS, VISITED SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, CHURCHES, NGO'S
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,004.43
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: HAVANA AND SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE EFFECTS OF THE CUBAN EMBARGO
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,832.78
source

Traveler: Carolyn Kilpatrick (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TRIP TO CUBA
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,329.23
source

Traveler: Robert Odom (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: MIAMI, FL, CANCUN, MEXICO, HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION (FACT-FINDING TOUR)
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,340.16
source

Traveler: Roshan Hodge (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: WASHINGTON-CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING STAFF DELEGATION
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,350.16
source

Traveler: Khalil Munir (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: CANCUN-HAVANA-COZUMEL-MIAMI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,340.16
source

Traveler: Kimberly Rudolph (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-HAVANA, CUBA-DETROIT, MI
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,342.16
source

Traveler: Julie Nickson (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: ATLANTA-HAVANA, CUBA-DC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,393.16
source

Traveler: Michael Collins (from the office of John Lewis)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,280.16
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,298.26
source

Traveler: Timla Washington (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,419.89
source

Traveler: Steve Gavin (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,419.89
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA-CANCON-HAVANA-MIAMI
Purpose: EXPLORE FIRST-HAND THE ISSUES CURRENTLY FACING THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. AN OPPORTUNITY TO FASTER A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TOWARDS DEALING WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND FINDING CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS TO US/CUBA POLICY CONCERNS
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.29
source

Traveler: Morat Bokcigdem (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA-CANCON-HAVANA-MIAMI
Purpose: EXPLORE FIRST-HAND THE ISSUES CURRENTLY FACING THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. AN OPPORTUNITY TO FASTER A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TOWARDS DEALING WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND FINDING CONSTRUCTIVE SOLUTIONS TO US/CUBA POLICY CONCERNS
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,555.29
source

Traveler: Diane Watson (from the office of Diane Watson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jul 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,679.00
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.