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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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Trips sponsored by

NAACP and affiliates


Total cost of 40 trips: $46,517.91


Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: OAKRIDGE, TN
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND BANQUET
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: DENVER
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,203.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Mar 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $300.75
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO NEW ORLEANS TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEAKER FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE "WOMEN IN THE NAACP" WORKSHOP
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,750.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AS PANELIST AT 92ND ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 9, 2001
Expense: $1,044.25
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO HOUSTON TO LOS ANGELES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 2001 FREEDOM FUND AWARDS CELEBRATION
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,292.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,559.63
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PHOENIX, AZ TO LOS ANGELES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NAACP FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Apr 12, 2002
Expense: $2,368.50
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: SAN JOSE, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,382.79
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: AMERICUS, GA
Purpose: DELIVER KEY NOTE SPEECH
Date: Apr 27, 2002
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON SUN., JULY 7TH IN HOUSTON, TX
Date: Jul 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $315.50
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: CHICAGO TO HOUSTON, TX. TO WASH. D.C.
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Jul 8, 2002
Expense: $1,459.09
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: LOS ANGELES TO DETROIT TO DC
Purpose: SPEAK AT A PUBLIC POLICY RECEPTION (APR 25); NAACP CAREER DAY SPEAKER (APRIL 26); NAACP HIP-HOP SUMMIT SPEAKER (APR 26); NAACP FREEDOM FUND DINNER SPEAKER (APR 27)
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,780.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CHICAGO - NEW ORLEANS - WASHINGTON
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,029.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: MEMPHIS-DETROIT-KNOXVILLE
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,017.50
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,413.00
source

Traveler: Kristopher Anderson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR MEMBER
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $645.00
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CARBONDALE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $645.00
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO TO FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NAACP TRAINING CONFERENCE; PLENARY SPEAKER AT SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $801.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: COLUMBIA, SC
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE OF THE NAACP
Date: May 21, 2004
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAKER
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $298.00
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: NEW YORK TO PHILADELPHIA TO DC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $149.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Shays (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAK AT NAACP MEMBERS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Expense: $108.00
source

Traveler: Kristopher Anderson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR REP. JACKSON
Date: Oct 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $565.39
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,494.39
source

Traveler: Kenneth Edmonds (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR REP. JACKSON
Date: Oct 15, 2004
Expense: $1,164.40
source

Traveler: Jesse Jackson (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2004
Expense: $2,022.70
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Thomas (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: DISTRICT OFFICE IN OAKLAND TO MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: STAFF MEMBER AT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $573.75
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $435.25
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: FORT WORTH TEXAS, BOSTON MASSACHUSETTES-BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING EVENT
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $894.90
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS
Purpose: SPRINGFIELD BRANCH NAACP 84TH ANNUAL LINCOLN-DOUGLASS BANQUET
Date: Feb 13, 2005
Expense: $582.78
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Purpose: SPEAK AT FREEDOM FUND BANQUET
Date: Apr 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $493.90
source

Traveler: Rashahra Andreson (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: ORLANDO
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NAACP SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $138.00
source

Traveler: Shahra Anderson (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: ORLANDO
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NAACP SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $138.00
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: WASH., DC TO CHARLOTTE, NC TO CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: SPEAK AT DAISY BATES FORUM ON EDUCATION
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $538.91
source

Traveler: Kendrick Meek (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC.-DESTIN, FL-MIAMI, FL
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN MODERATED A GENERAL SESSION AT THE NAACP LEADERSHIP 500 SUMMIT IN DESTIN, FL
Date: May 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,351.40
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Purpose: SPEAKING EVENT: FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Jun 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $517.60
source

Traveler: Daraka Satcher (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN
Purpose: SPEAKING EVENT: FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Date: Jun 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $517.60
source

Traveler: Keenan Keller (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Purpose: TO STAFF CONGRESSMAN CONYERS AS HE SPEAKS AT THE 21ST ANNUAL NAACP CONFERENCE CLE-LEGISLATIVE UPDATE PANEL
Date: Jul 10, 2005
Expense: $690.60
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 2005 ANNUAL NAACP CONVENTION.
Date: Jul 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.33
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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.