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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

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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.
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    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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OXLEY, MICHAEL G, Republican Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $98,247.13

Average cost per trip - $8,187.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 37 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Hyannis, MA

Purpose - Congressional educational seminar
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $846.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,246.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Meetings with U.S. government/European counterparts on biotechnology, e-commerce, healthcare and other important issues
Notes - Spouse accompanied - other expenses for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $5,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $9,900.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 21, 2000 - November 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Board meeting to discuss possible future sights and topics for Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Executive Committee
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,400.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,500.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 9, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Pershire, Scotland - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - Transatlantic Conference - fact finding
Notes - Other expenses for board meeting - conference - ground transportation - accompanied by spouse Patricia Oxley

Travel Cost - $7,879.66
Lodging Cost - $3,802.35
Meal Cost - $1,466.00
Other Cost - $524.39
Total Cost - $13,672.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - participant in World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos
Notes - Spouse, Patricia A. Oxley,other-ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,984.00
Lodging Cost - $1,980.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $9,464.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - transatlantic meeting with European Leadership
Notes - dates personal-8/15-16/2003, other costs are for ground transportation. Spouse Patricia A Oxley accompanied.

Travel Cost - $12,190.86
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost - $510.14
Total Cost - $15,175.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 23, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Scotland

Purpose - Transatlantic conference, international exchange
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,431.00
Lodging Cost - $1,360.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $645.00
Total Cost - $3,436.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network in Kinclaven, Scotland
Dates - August 16, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - Transatlantic Conference/International Exchange
Notes - Dulles - Edinburgh, Scotland - Dulles

Travel Cost - $3,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,295.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,595.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)
Dates - December 1, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium

Purpose - Transatlantic Conference/International Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,257.48
Meal Cost - $578.31
Other Cost - $533.38
Total Cost - $11,769.17

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - 2004 Transatlantic Conference Panel Participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,061.31
Lodging Cost - $725.16
Meal Cost - $564.14
Other Cost - $31.45
Total Cost - $8,382.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Corporate Governance Network
Dates - July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - International Corporate Governance speech and meeting with shareholder advocates
Notes - Washington, DC - London - Washington Dulles Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,583.18
Lodging Cost - $2,287.94
Meal Cost - $149.98
Other Cost - $1,585.69
Total Cost - $9,606.79

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - Transatlantic meeting / international exchange
Notes - Washington, DC - Edinburgh, Scotland - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $3,384.43
Lodging Cost - $1,116.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,500.43

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.