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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.

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.

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 by*

Mike Mckay


Total cost of 31 trips: $50,706.64


Trips traveled under the office of Gregory Meeks

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Airlines
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $648.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: AVIATION SAFETY ALLIANCE LEGIS. & EXECUTIVE SEMINAR
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,386.23
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 2000 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,770.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ADVANCE WALK THROUGH/PREPARATION FOR CBC VISIT ON 6/15-16
Date: Jun 9, 2000
Expense: $355.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: CONG. BLACK CAUCUS VISIT TO NY STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $891.43
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: DIALOGUE ON AVIATION INDUSTRY, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL & SAFETY
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,996.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TOUR OF FOUR EXCHANGES
Date: Jul 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,437.84
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: AT&T, MICROSOFT AND AMERICAN AIRLINES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TO VISIT AT&T AND MICROSOFT FACILITIES.
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $611.13
source

Destination: (WALL STREET) NEW YORK CITY & TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT NASDAQ STOCK MARKET FACILITIES
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,041.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK -PHOENIX, AZ-SAN FRANCISCO-ST. LOUIS-NYC/KENNEDY
Sponsor: Providian Financial Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING - EDUCATIONAL ISSUES.
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: INTN. AVIATION (HIGH SPEED RAIL ON TRANSPORTATION)
Date: May 27, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,447.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: CBC ENERGY INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,263.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: GENERAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OF NY BUILDING TRADES EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF NY
Purpose: BRIEFING CONCERNING LIABILITY EXPOSURE OF CONTRACTORS CONDUCTING RECOVERY EFFORTS AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE & SITE VISIT
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $209.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,129.00
source

Destination: FT. WORTH, TULSA OKLAHOMA-DALLAS
Sponsor: American Airlines
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $371.50
source

Destination: DULLES AIRPORT - NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: 2002 DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,085.51
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,217.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $817.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,363.42
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $612.44
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,336.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: CHICAGO ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,182.43
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CEA LEADER'S TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,157.45
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,667.68
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,402.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: TASER INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,429.27
source

Destination: LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING TO BETTER UNDERSTAND POLICY & REGULATORY ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,691.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: FINANCIAL SERVICES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,774.36
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Mike Mckay.


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.