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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

  • 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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MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III, Republican Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $72,727.47

Average cost per trip - $6,060.62
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 68 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - February 26, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Telecommunications conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $670.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,045.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bi-partisan Congressional Heath Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,317.75
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $435.56
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,671.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 7, 2001 - August 10, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Johnette McCrery

Travel Cost - $1,416.00
Lodging Cost - $1,058.16
Meal Cost - $717.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,191.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Marseilles, France

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Johnette McCrery

Travel Cost - $15,328.20
Lodging Cost - $2,406.00
Meal Cost - $1,430.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,164.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,062.00
Lodging Cost - $784.18
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,108.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Spouse - Johnette McCrery accompanied.

Travel Cost - $18,334.72
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,809.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Texarkana, TX - Kansas City, MO - Joplin, MO - Fort Smith, AR - Shreveport, LA - Doddridge, AR - Shreveport, LA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $830.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $22.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $853.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Manassas, VA

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pipe Line Contractors Association
Dates - February 2, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Speaking engagement, fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,178.90
Lodging Cost - $1,468.04
Meal Cost - $247.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,894.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn, Waddell & Reed
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker at Annual Meeting
Notes - Shreveport, LA - Boca Raton, FL / Boca Raton, FL - Washington, DC *flight sponsor Waddell & Reed ($956.90 total)

Travel Cost - $1,030.02
Lodging Cost - $668.80
Meal Cost - $264.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,962.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark/Bardes Consulting
Dates - November 8, 2002 - November 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Shreveport, LA - Scottsdale, AZ - Shreveport, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,072.43
Lodging Cost - $1,090.00
Meal Cost - $635.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,798.18

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Shreveport, LA - Malibu, CA - Shreveport, LA Including spouse Heritage Foundation ($1406.60); Pepperdine Univ ($1281.78) & Rod Campbell ($164)

Travel Cost - $1,565.60
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $711.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,852.38

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.