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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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

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    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.

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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FLAKE, JEFF, Republican Party
Arizona

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $27,996.20

Average cost per trip - $2,333.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 232 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,183.20
Lodging Cost - $2,023.70
Meal Cost - $1,391.30
Other Cost - $986.00
Total Cost - $11,584.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation
Dates - September 7, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding trip; government meetings.
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,520.00

Additional family members - Yes


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 Cheryl Flake and children Ryan, Alexis, Tanner, Austin, and Dallin accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,832.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding, meetings
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Speak on panel at annual conference
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied

Travel Cost - $804.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,421.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cato Institute
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 1, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - CATO Institute annual benefactor summit, participated as speaker
Notes - Other costs are listed on otherwise identical forms as for 'activity' or 'discussion group during boat ride'

Travel Cost - $1,854.60
Lodging Cost - $283.40
Meal Cost - $141.75
Other Cost - $145.25
Total Cost - $2,425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

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

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $191.91
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $519.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To take part in a panel for a Club of Growth Conference
Notes - DC - Ft Myers, FL - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $856.60
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 20, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact- finding
Notes - Phoenix - Miami - Cuba / Cuba - Miami - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $1,708.00
Lodging Cost - $271.00
Meal Cost - $142.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,121.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To participate in a Club for Growth conference event
Notes - Phoenix - Palm Beach - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $279.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,729.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - April 29, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To speak at Heritage luncheon
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $324.20
Lodging Cost - $228.65
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arizona Economic Forum
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Flagstaff, AZ

Purpose - Speak on panel re: immigration at the Arizona Economic Forum Annual Conference
Notes - Phoenix - Flagstaff, AZ Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $218.10
Meal Cost - $18.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $236.98

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.