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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM, Republican Party
Utah

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $44,425.11

Average cost per trip - $6,346.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 40 days
Rank of representative - 143 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Child Jarom Bishop accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,146.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,646.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conference
Notes - Rayburn Horseshoe - Baltimore Marriott - Rayburn Horseshoe

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $882.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Washington, DC - Berlin, Germany - day trip to Brussels, Belgium - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany from 3/23 - 3/24

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund of the United States
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 13, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Meeting of the Congress - Bundestag Forum, a program for members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress to improve dialogue and cooperation
Notes - Salt Lake City, UT - Key Largo, FL - Salt Lake City, UT Dates of personal expense: 1

Travel Cost - $919.30
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $256.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,175.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN

Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Notes - Salt Lake City, UT - Minneapolis/St Paul, MN - Salt Lake City, UT. One day personal.

Travel Cost - $1,521.30
Lodging Cost - $550.00
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,401.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - July 2, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany

Purpose - To improve dialogue and cooperation between members of the German Bundestag and the US Congress and to gain additional insight into German politics and policy
Notes - Salt Lake City - Berlin, Germany - Elmau, Germany - Salt Lake City, Utah Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,081.80
Lodging Cost - $1,499.40
Meal Cost - $401.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,982.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Salt Lake City, UT - Israel - Salt Lake City, UT Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,634.70
Lodging Cost - $1,773.00
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,720.80
Total Cost - $14,376.98

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.