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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

    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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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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KOLBE, JIM, Republican Party
Arizona

Total number of trips - 29
Total cost of trips - $89,347.68

Average cost per trip - $3,080.95
Total number of days spent traveling - 152 days
Rank of representative - 48 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - conference participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,803.50
Lodging Cost - $791.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Greensboro, NC

Purpose - board of directors retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $307.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 1999 - January 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - conference participation
Notes - dates at personal expense-1/1/2000-1/2/2000

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $732.60
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost - $425.00
Total Cost - $1,697.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - August 5, 2000 - August 5, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - return to Washington for media appearance
Notes -

Travel Cost - $455.04
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $455.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 9, 2000 - August 16, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK

Purpose - national parks site visits
Notes -

Travel Cost - $949.10
Lodging Cost - $926.71
Meal Cost - $170.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,046.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Participate in seminars
Notes - Other cost is registration

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost - $575.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $1,855.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - Aviation Issues Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $541.00
Lodging Cost - $614.24
Meal Cost - $127.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,282.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council of State Governments
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 7, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM

Purpose - 2 speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $592.75
Lodging Cost - $183.87
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $776.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Forum meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,605.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,465.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Conference participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Australian Education Leadership Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - Participation in legislative meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,032.60
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,717.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $297.50
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,833.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-New Zealand Council
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Auckland, New Zealand

Purpose - Participate in bi-lateral meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,826.50
Lodging Cost - $1,145.00
Meal Cost - $112.50
Other Cost - $179.00
Total Cost - $9,263.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - October 22, 2003 - October 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking to several study groups
Notes - Sponsor listed as 'Institute of Politics, Kennedy School, Harvard University'. Boston, MA - Tucson, AZ

Travel Cost - $986.75
Lodging Cost - $239.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,225.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 21, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Geneva, Switzerland - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Participation in World Economic Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,756.77
Lodging Cost - $947.45
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,004.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Participate in conference on political Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,170.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,420.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Dialogue
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 4, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Notes - Miami, FL - Havana, Cuba

Travel Cost - $890.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,640.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sotogrande, Spain

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,557.90
Lodging Cost - $372.00
Meal Cost - $257.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,186.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Leaders Project
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Participate in conference "The US and the Muslim World: Through Each Others Eyes"
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Jacksonville, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $403.30
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $803.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard University
Dates - March 6, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in forum and teach classes
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $849.77
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $28.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,288.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, German Marshal Fund
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan

Purpose - To participate in US-China relations conference (China), to participate in trade & poverty forum (Japan)
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Nagoya, Japan - Washington, DC Aspen Institute (China) German Marshal Fund (Japan)

Travel Cost - $8,736.95
Lodging Cost - $1,916.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,852.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Minneapolis Foundation, Humphrey Institute Policy Forum
Dates - April 24, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - To participate in 2 public policy forums
Notes - Washington, DC - Minneapolis, MN - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,750.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,030.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Participation in conference with European legislators
Notes - Washington, Dc - Salt Lake City, UT - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,223.40
Lodging Cost - $689.97
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,088.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Participate in World Economic Forum meetings as part of CODEL Portman
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $644.98
Meal Cost - $219.03
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $864.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Republican Institute
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Salvador, El Salvador

Purpose - Election monitoring
Notes - Washington, DC - San Salvador, El Salvador - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,330.50
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,735.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ
Dates - June 4, 2004 - June 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $458.00
Meal Cost - $804.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,262.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 30, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Tucson, AZ Personal expenses: 5-29 - 5/30/04

Travel Cost - $2,368.40
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $984.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,627.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Weekend
Dates - December 28, 2004 - January 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To participate in conference sessions
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $739.20
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $1,889.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Australian American Leadership Dialogue
Dates - August 13, 2005 - August 21, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - Participate in Leadership Dialogue meetings
Notes - Tucson, AZ - Sydney, Australia - Tucson, AZ Personal expense: 8/15 - 8/17/05

Travel Cost - $4,340.37
Lodging Cost - $645.45
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,185.82

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.