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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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  • 08.29.14

    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*

Mac Campbell


Total cost of 9 trips: $17,376.88


Trips traveled under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: TO MEET WITH FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS TO DISCUSS THE PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROPOSED HIGHWAY BONDING LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $705.70
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EXCISE TAXATION
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $889.00
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SENATE STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,682.65
source

Destination: INTERNATIONAL TAX CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH US AND EUROPEAN REGULATORS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES CONCERNING PENDING US FOREIGN SALES CORPORATION LEGISLATION, TRADE, AND COMPETITION ISSUES
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $8,425.00
source

Destination: KALISPELL, MT
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: FORESTRY AND MANUFACTURING TOUR
Date: Aug 20, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $969.50
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $318.73
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: American Council of Life Insurance
Purpose: CONFER WITH HOUSE, SENATE, AND INDUSTRY TRADERS ON ISSUES CONCERNING LIFE INSURANCE PRODUCTS AND TAXES
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,498.20
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE & SEMINARS CONDUCTED BY THE ASPEN INSTITUTE & EX. DEM. LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,547.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Mac Campbell.


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.