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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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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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BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM, Republican Party
South Carolina

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $27,866.61

Average cost per trip - $4,644.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 235 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - August 12, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To tour the Department of Energy's nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
Notes - Spouse Natalie Barrett accompanied. Other costs include helicopter to Yucca and shuttle fees

Travel Cost - $2,016.00
Lodging Cost - $259.42
Meal Cost - $686.00
Other Cost - $812.67
Total Cost - $3,774.09

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - audio visual equipment used by sponsor

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.17
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - GENO
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Oslo, Norway

Purpose - To speak to Norwegian officials about a prospect that would ensure security of America's food source (from cattle)
Notes - Spouse - Natalie F. Barrett

Travel Cost - $8,681.91
Lodging Cost - $1,087.74
Meal Cost - $362.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,131.77

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Discuss agenda for 109th Congress and to get legislative briefings on key issues
Notes - Capitol Hill - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $113.89
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $441.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Areva Inc
Dates - November 27, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To tour AREVA's nuclear facilities in France that have expertise and operate in every sector of the nuclear power industry, including MOX facilities, nuclear fuel cycle, reactors, instrumentation, nuclear measurement systems and engineering
Notes - Greenville, SC - Paris, France - Greenville, NC

Travel Cost - $1,886.83
Lodging Cost - $1,089.24
Meal Cost - $655.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,631.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions for the Trans Atlantic Conference regarding a knowledge-based, global economy
Notes - Dulles Int'l Airport - Frankfurt - Budapest / Budapest - Munich - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,970.33
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $9,217.31

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.