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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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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.
  • 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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WHITFIELD, ED, Republican Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $100,463.35

Average cost per trip - $6,697.56
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 36 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Audiology
Dates - March 16, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - key note speaker for the American Academy of audiology for their members conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,536.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference-MTGS with Italian govt officials
Notes - spouse, Constance Harriman; under other expenses-non-travel expenses provided

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $9,120.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthy reform conference
Notes - spouse, Constance

Travel Cost - $826.46
Lodging Cost - $1,258.88
Meal Cost - $511.92
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,637.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telephone Association Leadership roundtable
Dates - February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - to address the USTA conference
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Constance Harriman accompanied.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $4,614.75
Lodging Cost - $340.90
Meal Cost - $302.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,258.03

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - speech to members of Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament on Kyoto and energy issues
Notes - Spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. August 8 - August 11 at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $7,462.16
Lodging Cost - $2,409.00
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $11,357.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Peabody Coal
Dates - February 12, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Return from Peabody coal meeting in KY-01 to Washington DC for votes.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $354.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $354.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy

Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Notes - spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. March 28-April 1 at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $15,933.02
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,643.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 16, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - discussion with entertainment, technology and healthcare industry officials regarding public policy issues facing these industries as it is impact on job creation.
Notes - spouse Constance Harriman accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,579.38
Lodging Cost - $498.18
Meal Cost - $654.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,732.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - March 21, 2003 - March 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - address the Interventional Pain Management Symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,690.50
Lodging Cost - $390.77
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,131.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Dates - January 25, 2004 - January 27, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at Eclipse Awards regarding horse slaughter protection Act
Notes - spouse - Constance Harriman - other costs - taxi and rental car

Travel Cost - $1,092.40
Lodging Cost - $78.22
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $190.65
Total Cost - $1,761.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational/fact finding
Notes - DC - Budapest, Hungary - DC Personal Expense 11/4 to 11/7 classified as CODEL for side trip

Travel Cost - $6,925.02
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $905.05
Other Cost - $216.84
Total Cost - $9,255.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AmerisourceBergen
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paducah, KY

Purpose - Tour distribution facility - fact finding
Notes - Washington - Paducah, KY - Washington

Travel Cost - $955.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $965.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Address conference attendees
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $838.39
Lodging Cost - $233.03
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,121.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Washington, DC - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 3/25 - 3/28 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $19,532.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,132.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Turkey
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus

Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Notes - DC - Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,990.04
Lodging Cost - $1,684.00
Meal Cost - $784.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,458.04

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.