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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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    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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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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PENCE, MIKE, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $26,381.42

Average cost per trip - $1,551.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 246 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, New Atlantic Initiative, part of American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
Dates - September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany

Purpose - Attend conference on international terrorism
Notes -

Travel Cost - $760.00
Lodging Cost - $415.88
Meal Cost - $90.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,266.58

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Karen Pence and three children

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $347.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Vanderburg Co. Right to Life, Tri-State Athletic Club
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Evansville, IN

Purpose - official, promote pro-life issues to state of Indiana. Vanderburg Co Right to Life paid for travel and meals, Tri-State Athletic Club paid for lodging.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $492.50
Lodging Cost - $71.50
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $589.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 6, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, RSC retreat
Notes - form submitted year late

Travel Cost - $42.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $385.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 4, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Official: promote pro-Israel Issues
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $339.00
Lodging Cost - $140.56
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $654.56

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 - official congressional retreat-Educational
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Karen Pence

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - January 24, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - official: promote right to work issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Karen Pence

Travel Cost - $643.00
Lodging Cost - $459.26
Meal Cost - $154.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - official; promote government and conservative issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Karen Pence

Travel Cost - $625.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $668.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,809.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse, Karen Pence

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $256.20
Other Cost - $78.26
Total Cost - $484.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - April 30, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - official; promote congressional and conservative national issues
Notes - other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $342.19
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost - $270.00
Total Cost - $648.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council for National Policy
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - official: promote congressional and conservative national issues
Notes - child, Michael J. Pence, other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,087.40
Lodging Cost - $205.00
Meal Cost - $550.00
Other Cost - $272.00
Total Cost - $2,114.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - fact-finding trip as a member of medeast and central asia (subcommittee on IR committee)
Notes - spouse, Karen Pence, other: tour bus, guide, security

Travel Cost - $6,503.00
Lodging Cost - $776.00
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost - $1,052.00
Total Cost - $8,871.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Richard Norman Co
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Speak to Conservative Retreat officials; speak to promote Congressional and Conservative National Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $196.88
Meal Cost - $63.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $259.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,300.41

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $75.00
Lodging Cost - $1,431.00
Meal Cost - $1,157.90
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,761.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Inland Press Assn
Dates - October 24, 2005 - October 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Official; to promote Congressional and Legislative issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $398.90
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $667.90

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.