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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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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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ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $72,810.58

Average cost per trip - $4,854.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 67 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Judy Istook

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the board of directors meeting
Notes - Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $692.50
Lodging Cost - $627.58
Meal Cost - $266.35
Other Cost - $34.57
Total Cost - $1,621.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation, phones and other.

Travel Cost - $526.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $535.00
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational - meetings with US Embassy and government officials in Europe.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,609.68
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Policy Center
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Overview of Seattle transportation infrastructure and needs.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,263.60
Lodging Cost - $874.94
Meal Cost - $120.10
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,258.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

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 Judy Istook, meals incl 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) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,300.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC

Travel Cost - $403.28
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,128.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Attend and participate in the AAAE Conference
Notes - Charleston, SC - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Chicago, IL - OKC, OK

Travel Cost - $10,324.30
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,239.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $809.30
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $895.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $2,859.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IBM
Dates - October 1, 2004 - October 1, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yorktown Heights, NY

Purpose - Tour IBM New York research facilities
Notes - Washington, DC - Yorktown Heights, NY - Hawthorne, NY Including spouse

Travel Cost - $358.92
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $387.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lihue, HI - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Attend 2004 Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Lihue - Kauai - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,144.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,850.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To expand trade relations between Oklahoma and China
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - China - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,048.00
Lodging Cost - $2,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,848.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Pepperdine University and the Heritage Foundation conference on entitlement reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $573.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $707.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,856.58

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.