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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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    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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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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FROST, MARTIN, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $28,832.88

Average cost per trip - $2,883.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 225 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - To educate Members of Congress about the historic civil rights in Alabama
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - so total subsidized cost is $585.

Travel Cost - $721.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,085.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Development Corporation for Israel
Dates - November 29, 2001 - December 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX

Purpose - Keynote speaker at their annual dinner in El Paso.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $291.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $327.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 25, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $3,349.60
Lodging Cost - $638.93
Meal Cost - $470.65
Other Cost - $994.00
Total Cost - $5,453.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - educational -- Jt. Listening Sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Braintrusts
Notes - spouse Mrs. Kathryn George Frost

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $480.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - July 27, 2002 - July 29, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - to speak to participants at the ABA's summer meeting
Notes - spouse Kathryn George Frost -- other includes car service

Travel Cost - $7,306.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost - $159.00
Total Cost - $8,245.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Notes - other includes charitable contribution to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Travel Cost - $412.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,000.00
Total Cost - $2,412.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Notes - Other cost is for honoraria (charitable contribution)

Travel Cost - $528.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,000.00
Total Cost - $2,528.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Miami
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Accompanied spouse to University of Miami at the request of the President
Notes - Spouse Major General Kathryn Frost accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,588.00
Lodging Cost - $155.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,743.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - April 22, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Other cost is for honorarium.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $1,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 2, 2004 - March 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Notes - other was "honoraria charitable contribution"

Travel Cost - $558.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $2,000.00
Total Cost - $2,558.70

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.