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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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COCHRAN, THAD, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $16,765.70

Average cost per trip - $1,197.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 339 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Disclosure file 6/5/01. Actual Reimbursement

Travel Cost - $197.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $197.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 20, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Congressional conference on US Russia relations
Notes - Disclosure file 6/5/01.

Travel Cost - $1,698.70
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $3,123.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American College of Dentists
Dates - October 13, 2000 - October 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, Il

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Disclosure filed 6/5/01.

Travel Cost - $1,918.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,918.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 23, 2001 - September 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,583.34
Lodging Cost - $715.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,298.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cahners
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $197.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $197.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - annual meeting of the Profile in Courage Award Committee
Notes -

Travel Cost - $470.01
Lodging Cost - $394.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $864.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mississippi Poultry Association
Dates - September 21, 2001 - September 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gulfport, MS

Purpose - Keynote speaker for annual meeting of the Mississippi Poultry Association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,329.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation, British Petroleum, Business-Government Relations Council
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Notes - CSX Corp. paid for flight from DC to WV; British Petroleum paid for flight from WV to DC; Business-Government Relations Council paid for lodging

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $596.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $974.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Crop Production Association
Dates - October 21, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - To address Southern Crop Production Association
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $198.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $198.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Attend awards ceremony
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $563.00
Lodging Cost - $489.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,052.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - attend award committee meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $337.50
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $73.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $736.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Organization meeting
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $371.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $371.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.
Dates - March 7, 2004 - March 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Organization meeting
Notes - actual reimbursement was $881.70; the remaining expenses are good faith estimate"

Travel Cost - $1,276.20
Lodging Cost - $381.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,657.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - July 9, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sonoma, CA

Purpose - To conduct a fact-finding program on issues of importance to the wine industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,418.50
Lodging Cost - $275.00
Meal Cost - $155.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,848.92

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.