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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.

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DUNN, JENNIFER, Republican Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $24,957.33

Average cost per trip - $3,119.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 261 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 26, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - participation in World Economic Forum's annual meeting
Notes - Lodging expenses include breakfast

Travel Cost - $6,256.85
Lodging Cost - $1,058.68
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tax Coalition
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $256.86
Meal Cost - $101.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $358.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ernst & Young LLP
Dates - April 2, 2001 - April 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address Ernst & Young executives and attend the Catalyst Dinner
Notes - Other cost is for car service. All receipts were photocopied and attached.

Travel Cost - $260.90
Lodging Cost - $337.09
Meal Cost - $44.00
Other Cost - $251.63
Total Cost - $893.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Grocery Manufactories of America
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speech to executive conference
Notes - Children Reagan Dunn and Stacey Morton accompanied. No transport cost - member drove herself. Meal cost is for executive dinner and room service.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $813.55
Meal Cost - $166.71
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - Participation in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Notes - Says $150 in meals cost box but adds that "meals were $30, she attended three".

Travel Cost - $5,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,067.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,161.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference in London, England
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,706.79
Lodging Cost - $974.09
Meal Cost - $590.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,271.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,802.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - Educational
Notes - No cost listed

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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.