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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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  • 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.
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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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TANNER, JOHN S, Democratic Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $56,397.80

Average cost per trip - $4,699.82
Total number of days spent traveling - 49 days
Rank of representative - 110 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - meet w/ Winn Dixie officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,129.00
Lodging Cost - $58.00
Meal Cost - $56.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,243.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Restaurant Association
Dates - May 18, 2001 - May 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speech, visit trade show, meet with constituents
Notes - Spouse Betty Ann Tanner

Travel Cost - $3,846.00
Lodging Cost - $570.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,666.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Electronics Industry Alliance
Dates - January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,854.50
Lodging Cost - $335.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,239.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding, education and people-to-people
Notes - other expenses are for local transportation

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $1,285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cigar Association of America
Dates - October 2, 2003 - October 5, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Homestead, VA

Purpose - Give a speech-meet with industry officials
Notes - Betty Ann Tanner, spouse

Travel Cost - $1,658.00
Lodging Cost - $1,625.94
Meal Cost - $366.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,650.19

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry
Notes - Betty Ann Tanner, spouse-other expenses forum related activities.

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $814.00
Total Cost - $4,964.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Participate in seminar on policy
Notes - Betty Ann Tanner, spouse-other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $959.20
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $603.56
Other Cost - $140.56
Total Cost - $2,270.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Discuss trade issues with Cuba
Notes - Betty Ann Tanner, spouse-Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 23, 2003 - March 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Conference on Conservation Issues..
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $792.00
Lodging Cost - $1,666.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,458.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Conservation International
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Madagascar - South Africa

Purpose - view international conservation practices and U.S. technical assistance
Notes - other costs were gifts - spouse Betty Ann Tanner

Travel Cost - $14,032.28
Lodging Cost - $1,164.96
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $15,762.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Industry Association
Dates - January 28, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in leadership forum
Notes - spouse Betty Ann Tanner - other cost for tours with group

Travel Cost - $811.55
Lodging Cost - $649.00
Meal Cost - $625.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $2,175.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - America's Trust Inc
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Seminar on legislative issues; port security, wine industry concerns
Notes - DC - Napa Valley - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,890.16
Lodging Cost - $1,317.44
Meal Cost - $917.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,125.34

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.