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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.

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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

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MOORE, DENNIS, Democratic Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $57,677.74

Average cost per trip - $4,806.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 102 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Notes - Took spouse Stephanie Moore

Travel Cost - $75.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $513.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Merrill Lynch, NYSE
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Notes - Took wife Stephanie Moore

Travel Cost - $1,258.00
Lodging Cost - $182.00
Meal Cost - $482.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,922.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - retreat/ strategy and policy
Notes - other expenses include dinner cruise

Travel Cost - $483.50
Lodging Cost - $1,009.68
Meal Cost - $387.11
Other Cost - $230.66
Total Cost - $2,110.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Stephene Moore accompanied. Meals included in the lodging costs.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 28, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Shijiazhuang, China - Xibaipo, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - Meet with Chinese officials, build a computer lab in Xibaipo
Notes - Accompanied by wife Stephene Moore

Travel Cost - $18,592.30
Lodging Cost - $1,066.67
Meal Cost - $146.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,805.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Meet Cuban trade officials, dissidents, and government officials
Notes - Accompanied by wife Stephene Moore. Spouse paid for own airfare. Other cost is airport departure tax.

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Redmond, WA

Purpose -
Notes - Accompanied by wife Stephene Moore. Transport cost includes ground transportation ($263.07)

Travel Cost - $4,555.91
Lodging Cost - $523.54
Meal Cost - $530.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,610.43

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Educational tour of Napa Valley
Notes - Accompanied by wife Stephene Moore -- Other cost: Lake County Wine Alliance Charity Event Tickets

Travel Cost - $4,031.00
Lodging Cost - $1,004.64
Meal Cost - $423.50
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $5,609.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - dialogue with NASDAQ listed businesses
Notes - spouse - Stephane Moore - personal day was 4/5

Travel Cost - $3,712.80
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,719.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in the NASDAQ Leadership Summit
Notes - Spouse Stephene Moore accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,589.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,182.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Conference brought together members of Congress. Congressional Staff, and Representatives of the Securities Industry to discuss legislative regulatory initiatives impacting industry
Notes - Kansas City - Miami / Miami - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,125.80
Lodging Cost - $1,067.85
Meal Cost - $1,355.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,549.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heart to Heart Int'l of Olathe Kansas
Dates - September 4, 2005 - September 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Survey damage & relief efforts following hurricane Katrina
Notes - Kansas City, KS - New Orleans, LA - Kansas City, KS

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $450.00

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.