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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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    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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DINGELL, JOHN D, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $20,807.18

Average cost per trip - $1,733.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 294 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - May 1, 2000 - May 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Westfield, NJ

Purpose - luncheon seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $440.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $450.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - leadership policy conference
Notes - accompanied by wife Deborah Dingell -- meals included in lodging

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $2,501.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,501.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Walt Disney Company
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santa Ana, CA - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To speak in panel to Corporate Alliances Partner Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,842.38
Lodging Cost - $402.50
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,294.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - West Afton, IA

Purpose - Town hall meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $590.25
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - January 13, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Carlsbad, CA

Purpose - To address Board of Directors Winter Meeting in Carlsbad
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,322.50
Lodging Cost - $341.34
Meal Cost - $90.07
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,753.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To meet with officials on Thursday and to speak at dinner on Friday
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.22
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $540.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Leadership Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Debbie Dingell accompanied as invited participant. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $365.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - April 17, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - To participate in seminar series
Notes -

Travel Cost - $80.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $3.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $83.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Deborah Dingell accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ford Motor Co.
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - To visit Ford and its factory. Congress Delegation trip
Notes - Spouse Debbie Dingell accompanied

Travel Cost - $520.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Motors
Dates - July 17, 2004 - July 17, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Return to district for GM sponsored event in Shepherdstown at which Cong. Dingell spoke
Notes - Martinsburg, WV - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $666.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $86.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $752.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 2, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Leadership policy conference
Notes - Detroit - Mackinaw - Detroit Debbie Dingell - invited participant Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,512.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,512.76

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.