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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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GEPHARDT, RICHARD A, Democratic Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,390.40

Average cost per trip - $1,798.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 375 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $373.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $607.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Dates - June 29, 2000 - June 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Address their annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,163.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,163.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To give a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $151.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $151.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Jane Gephardt accompanied. [assumed destination]. Meals included in lodging cost. No dates listed.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Notes - no location indicated. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $545.00
Lodging Cost - $256.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $801.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - March 9, 2004 - March 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in annual meetings
Notes - with spouse Jane Gephardt. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $771.40
Lodging Cost - $499.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,270.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Panetta Institute, University of CA at Monterey
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To be part of student program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,800.00
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,099.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sunbelt Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - July 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To meet with University Professors from US Colleges re: Educations Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,348.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,348.00

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.