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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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PITTS, JOSEPH R, Independent Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $33,008.42

Average cost per trip - $3,000.77
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 196 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA, Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $4,528.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Algeria

Purpose - Diplomatic meetings, visit refugee camps
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,009.76
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,209.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $123.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - February 20, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - People to people diplomacy, humanitarian aid
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $63.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - China

Purpose - develop relationships with national leaders/study human rights abuses
Notes - other-airport tax

Travel Cost - $3,216.50
Lodging Cost - $430.94
Meal Cost - $137.93
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $3,825.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Belarus

Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,000.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Dates - January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Viriginia Pitts

Travel Cost - $5,474.52
Lodging Cost - $1,086.43
Meal Cost - $945.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,506.71

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding/building coalitions
Notes - DC - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $936.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2004 - November 29, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain - Zaragoza, Spain

Purpose - Attend and speak at a conference of Parliamentarians on the issues of Western Sahara
Notes - Spain - Madrid & Zaragoza

Travel Cost - $2,748.10
Lodging Cost - $352.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WallBuilders
Dates - October 21, 2005 - October 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Dallas, TX - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $348.40
Lodging Cost - $195.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $543.50

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.