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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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    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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HOUGHTON, AMORY JR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $44,539.43

Average cost per trip - $3,426.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 142 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - US/German roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla Houghton

Travel Cost - $3,669.51
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,669.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla D. Houghton -- member paid $100 towards transportation for spouse/child

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Elmira, NY

Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,375.44
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,803.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.66
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $928.40

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - removed from airfare cost.

Travel Cost - $221.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Dusseldorf, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,927.00
Lodging Cost - $996.00
Meal Cost - $725.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,648.00

Additional family members - Yes


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 Priscilla Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy forum
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $533.20
Total Cost - $2,597.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - London, England

Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes - spouse Priscilla accompanied.

Travel Cost - $14,000.00
Lodging Cost - $767.36
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,242.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Notes - other expenses include bus transportation.

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $42.00
Other Cost - $66.66
Total Cost - $1,635.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $575.00
Total Cost - $2,975.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

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 - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton and grandson Amory Taylor Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

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.