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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.

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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NEAL, RICHARD E, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $16,789.75

Average cost per trip - $1,199.27
Total number of days spent traveling - 43 days
Rank of representative - 338 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,575.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2001 - July 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Educational issues seminar
Notes - travel by private automobile

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,215.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,671.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative issues conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Advertising Agencies
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional educational seminar on advertising and tax deductibility
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $399.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chubb Corporation
Dates - February 7, 2002 - February 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $316.50
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $640.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $918.00
Lodging Cost - $1,617.17
Meal Cost - $522.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,057.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - education seminar at Lumidigm Biometrics
Notes -

Travel Cost - $622.50
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,482.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2003 - July 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - Legislative seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $590.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,090.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Burn Association
Dates - December 17, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational meetings with burn physicians to discuss issues affecting the medical field including physicians reimbursement, Medicare, medical research and emergency response preparedness
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $390.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chubb Corp.
Dates - December 16, 2003 - December 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - educational meeting on congressional issues affecting insurance industry including asbestos-related issues, taxes, legal reform and insurance regulation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - June 30, 2004 - July 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes - Cape Cod, MA (by personal automobile)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,185.00
Meal Cost - $285.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH - Hartford, OH

Purpose - To speak to group regarding Social Security Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cleveland, Oh - Hartford/Springfield

Travel Cost - $330.00
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $469.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Denver Forum, City Club of San Diego
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To address two public policy forums on the topic of Social Security reform
Notes - Boston, MA - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA - Boston, MA Oxford Hotel in CO, Holiday Inn in San Diego, each $149.00/night.

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,475.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 1, 2005 - July 3, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chatham, MA

Purpose - Legislative seminar / Bipartisan educational leadership seminar
Notes - Wequassett Inn, Chatham, MA (by personal automobile)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.00

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.