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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 | 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.

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MILLER, BRAD, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $21,313.35

Average cost per trip - $3,044.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 289 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To study day to day operations at the markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,024.65
Lodging Cost - $230.18
Meal Cost - $47.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,302.62

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - spouse Esther Hall accompanied. Meals included in lodging fee.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education Mission
Notes - other costs include Security Costs (primarily), Room rentals, other misc.

Travel Cost - $4,722.50
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $6,620.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To study the workings of the NASDAQ Market; tour of NASDAQ Marketsite
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $646.99
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $646.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to study the day-to-day operations of the market
Notes -

Travel Cost - $938.38
Lodging Cost - $299.13
Meal Cost - $205.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,442.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - 2005 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage touring historic sites on the 40th anniversary of the voting rights march
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Washington, DC Congressman Brad Miller contributed $500.00 personal funds to expenses

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund of the US
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - London, England - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose - Bring together elected members of Congress & German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting US & Europe; to develop informal connections w/colleagues
Notes - Raleigh, NC - London, England - Frankfurt (Landstuhl/Ramstein Air Force Base), Germany - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany - Charlotte, NC Personal expense: 7/3 - 7/5/05

Travel Cost - $7,305.65
Lodging Cost - $1,533.90
Meal Cost - $151.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,990.68

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.