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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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WICKER, ROGER F, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $60,885.23

Average cost per trip - $5,535.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 52 days
Rank of representative - 90 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Galveston, TX

Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Spouse accompanied (name not specified.)

Travel Cost - $962.00
Lodging Cost - $493.20
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,555.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Notes - Memphis, TN - Naples, FL - Memphis, TN

Travel Cost - $1,352.30
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $507.01
Other Cost - $600.98
Total Cost - $2,828.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the U.S.-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Memphis, TN connected through Amsterdam Netherlands (NWA) - Venice, Italy (KLM); Return Venice, Italy to Amsterdam, Netherlands (KLM) to Memphis, TN

Travel Cost - $4,683.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,688.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore (no return)

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $632.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council, US Malaysia Exchange Assn
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - S.Korea: Meet w/Admin reps, Members of Parliament, Natl Security Advisor, & US Business to discuss US troop presence in Korea/N. Korea nuclear proliferation Malaysia:meet w/Prime Minister & other officials to learn more of the US business & counter-terror
Notes - Washington, DC - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Langkawi, Malaysia - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $24,125.98
Lodging Cost - $2,534.00
Meal Cost - $686.00
Other Cost - $412.00
Total Cost - $27,757.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes - Memphis - Phoenix for Rep Wicker (Return was via new trip) Memphis - Phoenix - Memphis for Gayle Wicker.[assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Policy in Latin America in Punta Mita, Mexico
Notes - Phoenix - Puerto Vallarta - Memphis for Rep. Wicker Memphis - Puerto Vallarta - Memphis for Caroline Wicker

Travel Cost - $2,955.84
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,521.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aurora Flight Sciences
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Starkville, MS

Purpose - Deliver speech for Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening at Aurora's Starkville UAV factory.
Notes - Private aircraft was used. Equivalent first class airfare from DCA to GTR. Manassas, VA - Starkville, MS, municipal airstrip

Travel Cost - $616.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Memphis, TN - Honolulu, HI - Memphis, TN This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Memphis, TN - Dublin, Ireland - Memphis, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,879.30
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,841.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Isle of Capri Corp
Dates - July 30, 2005 - July 31, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Charity benefit concert for the BB King Museum
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.16
Meal Cost - $45.03
Other Cost - $628.00
Total Cost - $805.19

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.