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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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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RAHALL, NICK J II, Democratic Party
West Virginia

Total number of trips - 35
Total cost of trips - $67,085.66

Average cost per trip - $1,916.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 126 days
Rank of representative - 78 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - SMC3
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speak at annual dinner meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $133.00
Lodging Cost - $100.44
Meal Cost - $40.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Institute
Dates - March 10, 2000 - March 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Speak at rally
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $843.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Town Hall meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $843.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Government of Qatar
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - February 4, 2000 - February 7, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $325.00
Lodging Cost - $345.00
Meal Cost - $69.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $739.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,267.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,267.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nazir Hussain
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech to Syrian Arab Association, Southern California
Notes -

Travel Cost - $316.75
Lodging Cost - $135.22
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $451.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 10, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speak at meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $241.65
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - August 4, 2000 - August 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,313.00
Lodging Cost - $336.86
Meal Cost - $49.85
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,699.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $912.66
Meal Cost - $153.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,066.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 5, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $202.50
Lodging Cost - $331.50
Meal Cost - $57.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $591.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 25, 2002 - May 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - participate in panel discussion
Notes - used own car for travel. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $405.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $405.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 5, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Doha, Qatar - Lebanon - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - speak at the Qatari American conference and fact finding
Notes - no expenses for lodging or meals were listed on the original form. A separate form was filed that included lodging expense for April 11.

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,140.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - April 12, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - congressional fact finding
Notes - lists total transpiration expenses as $250 for a flight Washington DC to Cairo, Egypt.

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Participate in the NFC's retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $399.41
Meal Cost - $174.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $573.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - August 4, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes - Lists total transpiration expenses as $100 for a flight Washington DC to San Diego.

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $548.16
Meal Cost - $72.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $720.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - participate in CSX business challenge
Notes - lodging expenses includes dinner and breakfast

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $617.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Coolfont Foundation for the Arts and Environment
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Springs, WV

Purpose - speak
Notes - Meals included in lodging

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.50
Lodging Cost - $404.10
Meal Cost - $38.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $671.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Industrial Minerals Association-North America
Dates - April 27, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,022.50
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,342.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Institute
Dates - October 18, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $301.00
Lodging Cost - $86.11
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $437.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - speak
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,229.74
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,229.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - January 30, 2003 - February 3, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $474.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $64.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $938.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swiss Foundation for World Affairs
Dates - November 30, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Geneva, Switzerland

Purpose - to attend the Public Commitment of the Geneva Accords
Notes - Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $3,946.00
Lodging Cost - $408.25
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,354.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Idaho Falls, ID

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Had to stay extra day due to airport closings

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $425.00
Meal Cost - $295.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,220.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Union of Operating Engineers
Dates - April 7, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $152.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $2.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - July 31, 2003 - August 4, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at meeting of National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $23.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intelligent Transportation Systems of America
Dates - April 26, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - panel discussion participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $544.90
Lodging Cost - $204.31
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $949.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - participate in CSX Challenge Panel Discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,040.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,040.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Washington National - Palm Beach, FL and return

Travel Cost - $787.90
Lodging Cost - $2,072.00
Meal Cost - $615.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,474.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Motor Freight Traffic Assn
Dates - July 29, 2004 - August 2, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Washington Dulles - San Diego, CA and return

Travel Cost - $419.80
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Motor Freight Traffic Assn
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 7, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - Washington National - Tucson, AZ roundtrip

Travel Cost - $307.90
Lodging Cost - $640.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $947.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - Participate in U.S.-French Congressional Roundtable and U.S.-German Roundtable
Notes - Washington Dulles - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein

Travel Cost - $6,560.40
Lodging Cost - $3,732.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,692.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CSX Inc
Dates - May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speech - CSX Business Challenge Session
Notes - Washington, DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV Including spouse Dates of personal expense: 1 day (No Travel Expenses) *Children attended but not at expense of sponsor*

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,342.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,342.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Tank Truck Carriers
Dates - August 4, 2005 - August 5, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Transportation not provided

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $236.73
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $236.73

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.

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    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.