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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.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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.
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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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REHBERG, DENNIS R, Republican Party
Montana

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $8,832.79

Average cost per trip - $1,472.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 445 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - Bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - no date specified on dates of travel; form filed on 04/09/01; lodging expenses include meals and lodging; paper attached with letter from Jerry Climer memo to Bipartisan congressional retreat participant

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - trade meetings (wheat)
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,116.00
Meal Cost - $133.68
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,051.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 31, 2003 - February 1, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speak at seminar of Safari Club International convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $858.00
Lodging Cost - $123.50
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,131.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bigelow Aerospace Corp.
Dates - February 5, 2004 - February 7, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Meet with and speak to Bigelow Aerospace Executives & Employees to discuss possible expansion of Bigelow Aerospace to Montana.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $648.30
Lodging Cost - $378.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,026.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Co
Dates - September 19, 2005 - September 20, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Fact finding and tour of Southern Company and Dept of Energy's Power Systems Development facility
Notes - Billings, MT - Birmingham, AL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,043.10
Lodging Cost - $226.86
Meal Cost - $253.69
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,523.65

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.