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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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    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.

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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CASE, EDWARD E, Democratic Party
Hawaii

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $30,014.28

Average cost per trip - $3,751.79
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 221 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Spouse Audrey Case accompanied. Other costs are for security.

Travel Cost - $7,966.73
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $12,110.03

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Fact finding event
Notes - Spouse Audrey Case accompanied

Travel Cost - $859.20
Lodging Cost - $1,135.28
Meal Cost - $504.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,498.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Fact finding (Congressional Retreat 2003)
Notes - Spouse Audrey Case and child Megan Ansdell accompanied, meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - fact-finding mission
Notes - spouse, Audrey Case, other: complimentary souvenir

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $2,088.00
Meal Cost - $788.32
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $3,947.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Fact finding trip
Notes - Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $587.60
Lodging Cost - $912.33
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,829.93

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Meet with office workers and employees at the CME and CBOT on operations and issues and visit Exchange and Board
Notes - Honolulu, HI - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,407.64
Lodging Cost - $250.13
Meal Cost - $143.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,801.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominion Exploration & Production
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Educational/informational trip/briefing to an offshore oil rig
Notes - New Orleans - Gulf of Mexico - New Orleans Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,914.34
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,939.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Discussion of national issues of concern with DLC members and fellow elected officials
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,186.65
Lodging Cost - $1,700.22
Meal Cost - $351.84
Other Cost - $72.00
Total Cost - $4,310.71

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.