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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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SIMPSON, MICHAEL KEITH, Republican Party
Idaho

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $18,522.93

Average cost per trip - $2,315.37
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 319 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Futures Industry Assn's Washington Outlook
Notes - "other" expenses is for "golf and transportation"

Travel Cost - $1,620.90
Lodging Cost - $994.52
Meal Cost - $161.34
Other Cost - $175.44
Total Cost - $2,952.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan agriculture committee retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Orthodontists
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speaking at leadership conference
Notes - destination not specified

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd.
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Cumbria, England

Purpose - visiting British nuclear fuels, nuclear facilities in Sellafield, England.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,040.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,590.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking at Futures Industry Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $544.90
Lodging Cost - $1,560.48
Meal Cost - $357.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,463.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association for Research Otolaryngology
Dates - February 22, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH

Purpose - to speak to physicians dedicated to research and funding for ear - nose throat related disorders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,196.00
Lodging Cost - $292.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - spoke to doctors regarding congressional issues in the health care field and issues related to the labor health and human services subcommittees
Notes - [Amended in personal financial disclosure statemetn to show sponsor name]

Travel Cost - $837.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,547.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - To speak at the August 10th breakfast session of the 22nd International Sweetener symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $181.50
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.50

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.