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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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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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BURTON, DANNY L, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $30,551.50

Average cost per trip - $4,364.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 218 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Medical Interventions for Autism
Dates - April 9, 2000 - April 9, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - guest speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $337.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $337.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,305.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $1,510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Diversified Collection Services Inc.
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding and tour facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,332.00
Lodging Cost - $633.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,165.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cancer Treatment Centers
Dates - October 9, 2003 - October 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,460.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,460.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Nutritional Food Association
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 30, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Keynote address to convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,479.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,079.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - December 6, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (13 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - official visit with Pres./Am. Institute/and government and business leaders.
Notes - other-none disclosed - trip dates say 12/6-12 and 12/17-18

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn (CIECA)
Dates - October 19, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Washington, DC - Taipei, Taiwan - Washington, DC. Trip dates listed as "October 19-23, 27-28, 2004" Dates of Travel: October 19-23, 27-28, 2004

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,750.00

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.