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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.

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.
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    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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CASTLE, MICHAEL N, Republican Party
Delaware

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $86,376.81

Average cost per trip - $4,546.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 91 days
Rank of representative - 52 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in a conference on US Policy toward Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane who, according to notes, participated in conference

Travel Cost - $2,272.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $1,296.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,360.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference -- Educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $9,050.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fundraising for Republican
Notes - Other costs: Ground transport

Travel Cost - $608.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,186.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Conference on US-China relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle who, according to notes, participated in the conference

Travel Cost - $3,317.26
Lodging Cost - $1,610.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,327.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Policy Network -- Educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle

Travel Cost - $142.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,090.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 14, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,332.60
Lodging Cost - $2,777.92
Meal Cost - $187.80
Other Cost - $354.74
Total Cost - $4,653.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Dates 2/20 - 2/21 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,305.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,438.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Informational
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $626.75
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost - $275.00
Total Cost - $2,304.49

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $2,093.00
Lodging Cost - $329.09
Meal Cost - $524.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,946.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Life Insurance Co.
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - briefing on insurance industry and financial services issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $176.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $176.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - policy discussion
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $842.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost - $253.32
Total Cost - $1,956.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle -- dates at personal expense 5/26-5/27

Travel Cost - $3,604.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,954.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $2,672.56
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $6,947.56

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Jane Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,785.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,625.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Jane Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,918.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,568.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,768.51
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,088.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Education Reform
Notes - Philadelphia - Cancun, Mexico - Philadelphia

Travel Cost - $4,607.62
Lodging Cost - $3,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,347.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Istanbul, Turkey - Philadelphia, PA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,607.90
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,257.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NBC/Discovery Channel
Dates - June 26, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in a Discovery Channel special
Notes - Wilmington, DE - New York, NY - Wilmington, DE

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $100.00

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.