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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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.

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.

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BROWN, SHERROD, Democratic Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 25
Total cost of trips - $86,497.95

Average cost per trip - $3,459.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 112 days
Rank of representative - 51 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Labor Committee
Dates - July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Managua, Nicaragua

Purpose - Human and labor rights investigation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,515.80
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,705.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Taiwanese American Conference East Coast
Dates - July 2, 2000 - July 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, DE

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $971.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $971.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by child Emily Brown

Travel Cost - $3,426.20
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,951.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Health Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $904.70
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $332.00
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,535.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ohio State University, Mershon Center
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kiev, Ukraine - Luiv, Ukraine

Purpose - Participate in opening of US-EU-Ukranian development of education for democracy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,926.02
Lodging Cost - $194.94
Meal Cost - $130.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,251.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 16, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, Russia - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Participate in conference on US - Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,265.80
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,265.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - June 21, 2001 - June 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Meet Jonathan Kozol (author) and the students and teachers of the South Bronx he writes about.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $466.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $476.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swarthmore College
Dates - February 12, 2001 - February 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Swarthmore, PA

Purpose - Speak to government class and government teachers on Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $151.00
Lodging Cost - $50.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $201.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Health Policy conference
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $637.50
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $353.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,344.95

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 -

Travel Cost - $584.00
Lodging Cost - $1,357.51
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,400.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,383.50
Lodging Cost - $179.65
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,563.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - symposium on Taiwan's WHO campaign and international health
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,302.57
Lodging Cost - $128.57
Meal Cost - $271.50
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $7,002.64

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - participate in conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $6,216.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,016.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Child Elizabeth accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,338.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,813.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in conference on US - Mexico relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,628.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,848.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin America Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Participate in forum on US - Mexico
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,013.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $131.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,594.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Partners in Health
Dates - April 15, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Purpose - Participate in conference on AIDS and visit AIDS clinic
Notes -

Travel Cost - $779.10
Lodging Cost - $138.00
Meal Cost - $73.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $990.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Participate in dialogue on leadership with courage and compassion.
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $196.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $196.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - conference on US-China relations
Notes - child, Elizabeth

Travel Cost - $4,775.06
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,050.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - participate in congressional health policy conference
Notes - other cost is jacket and pedometer

Travel Cost - $676.96
Lodging Cost - $1,414.29
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $2,622.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Democracy Project
Dates - May 14, 2004 - May 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in conference on trade and globalization
Notes -

Travel Cost - $166.00
Lodging Cost - $239.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $405.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin American Studies Univ of California at Berkeley
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Morelia, Mexico

Purpose - 3rd Annual Mexico Futures Forum
Notes - Cleveland, OH - Morelia, Mexico - Cleveland, OH

Travel Cost - $1,703.10
Lodging Cost - $441.88
Meal Cost - $269.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,414.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Common Wealth Fund JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 15, 2003
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bi-Partisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Cleveland, OH - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Cleveland, OH

Travel Cost - $544.36
Lodging Cost - $904.00
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,415.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 16, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Cleveland - Rome - Venice - Cleveland Personal Expenses 8/16 - 8/22

Travel Cost - $4,741.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,746.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Cleveland, OH - Dublin, Ireland - Cleveland, OH Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,656.30
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,718.30

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.