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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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.
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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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GRANGER, KAY N, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $31,536.75

Average cost per trip - $3,942.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 206 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads, Burlington Northern & Sante Fe
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,434.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $2,704.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - ????
Notes - No purpose stated

Travel Cost - $3,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Educational conference
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $1,043.16
Meal Cost - $302.66
Other Cost - $157.68
Total Cost - $1,876.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - inaugural visit by Turkish Caucus
Notes - John Dean Granger accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,005.00
Lodging Cost - $960.00
Meal Cost - $402.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,367.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Radio Shack
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To view, and do fact finding, on a community development project in Vancouver that is similar to a developing project in Fort Worth
Notes - Radio Shack paid for the airfare - member personally covered other expenses.

Travel Cost - $2,680.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,680.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Notes - Ft Worth - Orlando - Scottsdale - Ft Worth $550 Lodging & Registration Paid by Campaign

Travel Cost - $2,697.00
Lodging Cost - $461.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost - $550.00
Total Cost - $3,878.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Notes - Ft Worth - Orlando - Ft Worth

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $461.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $631.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed
Dates - July 8, 2004 - July 8, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Fort Worth - DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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.