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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

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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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GINGREY, PHILLIP J, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $32,331.06

Average cost per trip - $2,939.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 201 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Billie Gingrey and child Laura Neill Gingrey accompanied

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,751.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Dermatology
Dates - February 8, 2004 - February 8, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $335.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $335.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - South Atlantic Association of OBGYN
Dates - January 18, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $456.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $456.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - education mission
Notes - other for security - with spouse Billie

Travel Cost - $6,273.02
Lodging Cost - $1,292.00
Meal Cost - $931.50
Other Cost - $1,220.32
Total Cost - $9,716.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Academy of Education Development, OXFAM, Save the Children
Dates - May 1, 2004 - May 1, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $98.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $98.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Delta
Dates - May 21, 2004 - May 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $229.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $229.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Intl Economic & Cooperation Assn (CIECA)
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-Finding & Education visit
Notes - ATL - Taiwan - Republic of China - DCA (Atlanta, GA - Taiwan- Republic of China - Washington, DC)

Travel Cost - $11,400.00
Lodging Cost - $2,200.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,500.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Atlanta - Little Rock - Atlanta

Travel Cost - $1,860.40
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,035.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Charles Boustany Jr for Congress
Dates - August 5, 2004 - August 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lake Charles, LA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Atlanta - Lake Charles - Atlanta

Travel Cost - $1,121.80
Lodging Cost - $75.22
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,197.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - GTMA (Georgia Textile Manufacturers Assn), Carpet & Consumer Products Manufacturers
Dates - May 8, 2005 - May 10, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Atlanta - Jacksonville, Amelia Island - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $542.00
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $290.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Power
Dates - October 16, 2005 - October 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Clayton, GA

Purpose - Tour and briefing of North Georgia River Facility
Notes - North Georgia Facility Clayton, GA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.00

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.