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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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    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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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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ADERHOLT, ROBERT B, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 28
Total cost of trips - $39,035.15

Average cost per trip - $1,394.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 91 days
Rank of representative - 167 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - North Mississippi Health Services
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speak to annual board retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $52.00
Lodging Cost - $168.79
Meal Cost - $22.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $243.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 13, 2000 - August 15, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Governmental Affairs Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $337.47
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $337.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $88.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $599.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Biloxi, MS

Purpose - Speaking on issues regarding legislation and the textile industry
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $334.00
Lodging Cost - $217.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $551.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Health Group of Alabama
Dates - March 1, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Orange Beach, AL

Purpose - Speaking on issues regarding health care in the new Congress
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt, original trans cost is $439.41

Travel Cost - $1,352.51
Lodging Cost - $175.38
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,527.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Peanut Producers
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Panama City, FL

Purpose - Speak to annual conference
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $719.00
Lodging Cost - $145.55
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,054.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $144.00
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Gravel Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Payne, AL

Purpose - speak to group
Notes - spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $70.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $70.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Health Group of Alabama
Dates - February 28, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Perdido Beach, AL

Purpose - speak to group on health-care issues
Notes - spouse Caroline Aderholt -- dates at personal expense: 03/02/2002 - 03/03/2002

Travel Cost - $556.00
Lodging Cost - $175.38
Meal Cost - $128.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $859.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - September 30, 2003 - September 30, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - Speak at re-opening of Lockheed-Martin's Courtland, AL facility
Notes - Transportation cost is for one-way private plane from Huntsville AL to Dulles airport, Washington DC

Travel Cost - $661.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $661.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Trucking Association
Dates - October 25, 2002 - October 30, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attendance as speaker at Advocacy Luncheon
Notes -

Travel Cost - $364.00
Lodging Cost - $839.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,203.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Caroline and child accompanied. Meals included in lodgings.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,224.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,574.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Toyota Corporation
Dates - July 14, 2003 - July 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Attend announcement of plant expansion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $583.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $583.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - audio visual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - Speaker at annual meeting
Notes - Carolina Adherholt - spouse [Sandestin Resort]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $871.20
Meal Cost - $55.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $926.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JM Family Enterprises Inc.
Dates - August 24, 2003 - August 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Tour Toyota Factory Conversion Facility
Notes - Spouse - Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $416.00
Lodging Cost - $357.52
Meal Cost - $164.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $938.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Electric Cities of Alabama
Dates - July 12, 2003 - July 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orange Beach, AL

Purpose - Receive award at annual meeting
Notes - Spouse - Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $696.80
Lodging Cost - $463.98
Meal Cost - $62.54
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,223.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - To build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Israel and the United States and Jordan
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,671.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $339.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,611.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual meeting
Notes - Spouse - Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $90.00
Lodging Cost - $533.79
Meal Cost - $580.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,203.79

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - RSC retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $124.12
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $451.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ambassadors of Reconciliation Foundation
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - Tour tsunami-hit area
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,612.16
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,612.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speak at Legislative Conference
Notes - Grand Floridian, Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $1,483.92
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,886.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Christian Embassy
Dates - June 11, 2004 - June 14, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Asuncion, Paraguay

Purpose - Meeting with President of Paraguay
Notes -

Travel Cost - $801.50
Lodging Cost - $175.50
Meal Cost - $25.59
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,002.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Birmingham Southern College
Dates - April 30, 2004 - May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Speak to College Alumni Weekend
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $79.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $79.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 6, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speak at Governmental Affairs Conference
Notes - Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,567.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,567.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 8, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes - Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $598.26
Meal Cost - $124.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $722.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oneonta Chamber of Commerce
Dates - August 24, 2005 - August 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Oneonta, AL

Purpose - Speak to Chamber breakfast
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $87.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $87.16

Additional family members - Yes

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.