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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

    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.

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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PRICE, DAVID E, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $119,178.76

Average cost per trip - $6,272.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 96 days
Rank of representative - 26 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Tunisia - Kuwait - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,984.18
Lodging Cost - $1,319.92
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,304.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $4,805.78
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,293.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - DLC Spring retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $245.50
Lodging Cost - $673.12
Meal Cost - $296.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,215.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale Alumni Association
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - Speech at Yale Political Science Alumni Reunion
Notes - Other expenses for registration and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $308.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $5,104.60
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,804.60

Additional family members - Yes


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 Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - political fact-finding
Notes - 4/27 at own expense. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $540.47
Lodging Cost - $552.80
Meal Cost - $233.93
Other Cost - $45.34
Total Cost - $1,372.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kuwait - Lebanon - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $9,907.87
Lodging Cost - $818.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $102.05
Total Cost - $10,827.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by spouse Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $13,109.16
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,909.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - May 2, 2002 - May 8, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Syria - Beirut, Lebanon - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,295.55
Lodging Cost - $531.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,826.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - spouse, Lisa Price, other-not specified

Travel Cost - $4,996.18
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $10,426.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - spouse, Lisa Price, other-not specified

Travel Cost - $4,656.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,381.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - conduct a forum at the Miller Center
Notes - spouse, Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $124.80
Lodging Cost - $198.01
Meal Cost - $34.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $356.81

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - spouse, Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $4,510.20
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $3,936.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,721.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - spouse, Lisa Price

Travel Cost - $3,192.96
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,097.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Historical memory and healing retreat for Members of Congress
Notes - Raleigh, NC - Charleston, SC - Raleigh, NC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $502.48
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,227.48

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL - Washington, DC Including spouse *Member personally paid $1000.00 for the cost of chartered airfare.

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $268.10
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,458.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $1,582.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2005 - August 30, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland - Shannon, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Raleigh, NC - Dublin, Ireland (traveled to Shannon, Ireland at personal expense) Shannon, Ireland - Raleigh, NC Including spouse Personal expense: 8/27 - 8/30/05

Travel Cost - $5,502.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $2,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,864.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.