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

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    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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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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ALLEN, THOMAS H, Democratic Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $79,591.11

Average cost per trip - $4,681.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 58 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Drummond, Woodsum & Macmahon
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak before American Bar Association -- Installation even for Robert Hirshon from Portland, ME as president
Notes - Transportation Costs: "highest commercial fare available"

Travel Cost - $675.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $690.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,221.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,425.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $11,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,790.50
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,350.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 11, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to speak in a conference about trade
Notes - staffer went to same place and filled in Miami, FL for destination.

Travel Cost - $746.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Health Policy Conference
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $1,465.50
Lodging Cost - $1,336.50
Meal Cost - $828.00
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $3,719.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Education
Notes - Other costs are $35 for jacket, $9.95 for tote bag

Travel Cost - $562.00
Lodging Cost - $438.44
Meal Cost - $237.50
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,282.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,565.10
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,165.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US China relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,880.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,260.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,814.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,519.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan congressional health policy conference
Notes - doesnít specify what other cost was

Travel Cost - $522.86
Lodging Cost - $884.90
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $1,938.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Notes -

Travel Cost - $840.50
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $1,527.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $7,212.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,812.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Energy Board
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Attending the annual Keystone Energy Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $379.40
Lodging Cost - $360.09
Meal Cost - $131.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $870.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan health policy conference
Notes - Portland - Ft Lauderdale - Portland

Travel Cost - $621.76
Lodging Cost - $904.50
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,528.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Ship Building Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - District - Ft Myers - District

Travel Cost - $810.91
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $290.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,469.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Clinical Research Professionals
Dates - April 6, 2005 - April 6, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Panel discussion on prescription drug re-importation
Notes - Portland, ME - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $284.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $284.10

Additional family members - No

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.