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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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American RadioWorks |
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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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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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HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN), Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $20,648.19

Average cost per trip - $2,064.82
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 297 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University Institute of Politics
Dates - December 14, 2000 - December 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Spoke to freshmen congressmen
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $276.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $84.50
Total Cost - $381.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Agriculture Committee Planning Session
Notes -

Travel Cost - $20.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - Education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $838.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $848.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 14, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Prayer and reflection at spiritual retreat.
Notes - Spouse Barbara Hayes accompanied. Meals included in lodging. Transport includes $49.98 car rental.

Travel Cost - $1,429.18
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,729.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Pheasant hunt. Fundraising for CSF.
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $591.23

Additional family members - No


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 Barbara Hayes accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Spouse Barbara Hayes accompanied. Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $6,694.02
Lodging Cost - $1,292.00
Meal Cost - $931.50
Other Cost - $1,220.32
Total Cost - $10,137.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Barbara Hayes accompanied.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,707.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 24, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement for Safari Club International Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,467.00
Lodging Cost - $257.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,774.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hawk's Kay, FL

Purpose - as a co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's caucus, my presence was required at their annual meeting
Notes - spouse - Barbara Hayes

Travel Cost - $1,057.20
Lodging Cost - $685.74
Meal Cost - $249.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,992.44

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.