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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.

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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COLE, TOM, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $38,069.50

Average cost per trip - $3,172.46
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 169 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Food Processing Association
Dates - August 19, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Tour food processing plants to learn about safety procedures, food processing, labeling and packaging.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $360.00
Lodging Cost - $435.00
Meal Cost - $301.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,096.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Orientation for new members of congress
Notes - I inadvertently failed to file the appropriate paperwork for this trip within the required 30-day window. I have taken steps within my office to ensure future compliance. Received by LRC 02/17/2004

Travel Cost - $21.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $148.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $519.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Other costs audiovisual incidentals-transportation by bus

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Participate in a conference on US-China relations.
Notes - Ellen Cole, spouse, meals were $200 per person per day, other costs was ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,018.96
Lodging Cost - $3,350.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,768.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Ellen Cole, spouse-lodging cost was per couple-meals $800 per person, form signed 02/06/2004

Travel Cost - $4,582.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,032.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S. policy in Latin America
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Punta Mita, Mexico - Oklahoma City, OK

Travel Cost - $1,096.84
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,064.84

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conservative members retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $669.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pre Paid Legal Services Inc
Dates - September 24, 2004 - September 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Pre Paid Legal Services, Inc bi annual convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $412.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $412.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participate in polarization conference
Notes - OKC - Princeton, NJ - DC

Travel Cost - $716.60
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost - $83.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,079.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Institute of Politics
Dates - April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Spoke to a class of students about being a Member of Congress
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $497.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $532.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Koch Industries
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wichita, KS

Purpose - Congressman Cole participated in Koch Industries policy forum
Notes - Norman, OK - Wichita, KS - Norman, OK I inadvertently failed to file the appropriate paperwork for this trip within the required 30 day window. I have taken steps with my office to ensure future compliance.

Travel Cost - $594.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $11.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $605.25

Additional family members - No


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 - Washington, DC - Istanbul, Turkey - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $3,767.15
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,617.15

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.