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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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COLLINS, MICHAEL E, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $14,611.15

Average cost per trip - $2,087.31
Total number of days spent traveling - 18 days
Rank of representative - 369 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Gas Association
Dates - October 6, 2001 - October 8, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs are for car rental/gasoline

Travel Cost - $2,013.50
Lodging Cost - $675.00
Meal Cost - $404.95
Other Cost - $181.89
Total Cost - $3,275.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Overview of the railroads and transport policy issues
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,082.00
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $380.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $5,122.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Gas Association
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - To speak to CEOs and VPs on W & M issues, energy tax etc
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $716.00
Lodging Cost - $770.00
Meal Cost - $306.00
Other Cost - $105.00
Total Cost - $1,897.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Biloxi, MS

Purpose - Legislative update
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs are for transportation to and from airport in Biloxi

Travel Cost - $570.00
Lodging Cost - $137.50
Meal Cost - $144.00
Other Cost - $132.00
Total Cost - $983.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Conservation District Supervisors
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pine Mountain, GA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual association meeting
Notes - Other costs are for registration and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $185.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Employers' Associati
Dates - March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Legislative update
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Cost is all-inclusive - hotel, meals and gratuity - with roughly 20% of total incurred by Mrs Collins.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $448.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $448.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Overview of the condition of railroads - transport policy issues also tax proposals, RR retirement, economic regs. Etc
Notes - Spouse Julie Collins accompanied. Other costs are for car rental

Travel Cost - $1,053.00
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $155.00
Total Cost - $2,700.00

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.