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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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BIGGERT, JUDY, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $24,219.00

Average cost per trip - $2,421.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 267 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on educational reform
Notes - Accompanied by husband Rody Biggert--"stayed in the same room"

Travel Cost - $1,810.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,470.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Dates - October 16, 2000 - October 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - To address NAEHCY
Notes -

Travel Cost - $476.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $476.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Fundraising for the GOP Main Street Partnership
Notes - Accompanied by husband Rody Biggert

Travel Cost - $1,462.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Spouse Rody Biggert accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards
Dates - June 10, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $209.08
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $976.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mainstreet Republican Partnership
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose -
Notes - spouse Rody Biggert -- no purpose indicated

Travel Cost - $2,876.26
Lodging Cost - $239.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Dates - June 10, 2002 - June 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $209.08
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $976.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Participate in conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Rody Biggert accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,499.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $1,144.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,439.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - a summit to augment the relationships and concerns between business leaders and government officials
Notes - Spouse Roddy Biggert - his itinerary was Chicago to Miami to Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,263.78
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,270.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - October 17, 2005 - October 17, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak as part of a lecture series that former Congressman Martin Frost is organizing at the Kennedy School. The subject was the Judiciary and the relationship w/ Congress.
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA / Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $403.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $403.40

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.