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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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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 | 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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Trips sponsored by

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)


Total cost of 33 trips: $54,284.00


Traveler: Nate Woodward (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS A PARTICIPANT IN LEADERSHIP PANEL TO DISCUSS CENSUS 2000, HIV/AIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, AND ISSUES OF BLACK FARMERS;PARTICIPANT IN MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,053.16
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN LEADERSHIP PANEL TO DISCUSS CENSUS 2000, HIV/AIDS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, AND ISSUES OF BLACK FARMERS; PARTICIPANT IN MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMEMORATION ACTIVITIES.
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,552.92
source

Traveler: Nick Rahall (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEETING
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,700.65
source

Traveler: Bob Weygand (from the office of Robert Weygand)
Destination: DCA - NEW ORLEANS - PROVIDENCE
Purpose: TO ADDRESS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS & FASTER RELATIONS W/ MEMBERSHIP
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,040.40
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Feb 11, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,554.75
source

Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: SEATTLE
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $491.74
source

Traveler: Norman Dicks (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination:
Purpose: TO ADDRESS ANNUAL AEL-CIO MARITIME TRADES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,644.90
source

Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,724.15
source

Traveler: Ed Pastor (from the office of Ed Pastor)
Destination: LOS ANGELES CA
Purpose: SPEAK TO MEMBERSHIP ATTENDING MEETING
Date: Feb 9, 2001
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: David Bonior (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: DETROIT - LOS ANGELES - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,568.22
source

Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: SPEAKER AT AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WINTER MEETING
Date: Feb 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,723.22
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: FALMOUTH, MA
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $230.00
source

Traveler: William Delahunt (from the office of William Delahunt)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT; CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,177.51
source

Traveler: Don Young (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: MTD EXEC BOARD CONVENTION/PRESENTATION
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $5,863.79
source

Traveler: Grant Thompson (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: ATTEND MTD EXEC BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,599.21
source

Traveler: Michael Anderson (from the office of Don Young)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: ATTEND MTD EXEC BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,499.32
source

Traveler: Robert Menendez (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Traveler: James Oberstar (from the office of James Oberstar)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF TTD
Date: Feb 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $687.83
source

Traveler: Steny Hoyer (from the office of Steny Hoyer)
Destination: New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington, D.C
Purpose: Spoke before AFL-CIO Legislative Committee
Date: Feb 24, 2003
Expense: $381.00
source

Traveler: Luis Gutierrez (from the office of Luis Gutierrez)
Destination: HOUSTON
Purpose: SPEAK AT IMMIGRATION RALLY
Date: Jun 14, 2003
Expense: $562.50
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE; COLUMBIA, S.C.
Purpose: SPEAKER FOR MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENTS MTG
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,453.89
source

Traveler: Gene Green (from the office of Gene Green)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,505.00
source

Traveler: Robert Menendez (from the office of Robert Menendez)
Destination: W. PALM BEACH/MIAMI, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE WINTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Mar 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,999.40
source

Traveler: George Crawford (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Purpose: AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WINTER MEETING
Date: Mar 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $855.70
source

Traveler: Richard Gephardt (from the office of Richard Gephardt)
Destination: ATTEND MTGS OF AFL-CIO CONVENTION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL MTGS
Date: Mar 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,270.90
source

Traveler: Sean Kennedy (from the office of Richard Gephardt)
Destination: MIAMI
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS
Date: Mar 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $906.60
source

Traveler: Neil Abercrombie (from the office of Neil Abercrombie)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $688.07
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: AFL-CIO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE-LEGISLATIVE UPDATE-KEYNOTE
Date: Jun 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $647.00
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE KEYNOTE-AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING
Date: Aug 11, 2004
Expense: $325.00
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: LAS VEGAS-LOUISIANA
Purpose: ATTEND MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING AND GIVE SPEECH ON LEGISLATION AFFECTING MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,116.80
source

Traveler: Norman Dicks (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: SEATTLE, WA - LAS VEGAS, NV - DC
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO EXECUTIVE BOARD TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $755.87
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - LAS VEGAS, NV - NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE MARITIME TRADE DEPARTMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $1,038.90
source

Traveler: Grace Napolitano (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: DULLES DC-NEVADA LAS VEGAS-LONG BEACH, CA
Purpose: ATTENDED COUNCIL MEETING REGARDING LABOR ISSUES ON BEHALF OF THE HISPANIC CAUCUS AS CHAIRWOMAN
Date: Feb 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $823.60
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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.