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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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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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PORTMAN, ROBERT J, Republican Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $12,628.91

Average cost per trip - $1,578.61
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 398 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Dates - August 24, 2000 - August 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,150.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - house elected leadership retreat
Notes - drove car

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participated in WEF annual meeting
Notes - paid for own lodging expenses

Travel Cost - $195.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $270.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - congressman participated in forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,347.84
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,907.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Republican Elected Leaders Retreat 2 nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin,
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Manassas, VA

Purpose - AEI Economic Policy congressional Retreat. Robert Trent Jones Club
Notes - other: RU sweatshirt

Travel Cost - $315.32
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost - $73.15
Total Cost - $765.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Leadership retreat
Notes - Cannon HOB - Tides Inn, Irvington, VA - Richmond Airport

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

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.