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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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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.

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DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW, Democratic Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $10,365.53

Average cost per trip - $1,151.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 426 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Rural Electric Company
Dates - March 19, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote address
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,829.50
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,043.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,067.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,067.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - keynote address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,839.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,839.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sioux Falls, SD

Purpose - keynote address
Notes - Sioux Falls - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $229.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $229.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $865.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,113.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $387.19
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $565.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $758.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $758.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kansas State University
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Manhattan, KS

Purpose - delivered the Landon Lecture on May 10
Notes - Oklahoma City - OK to Manhattan, KS - Oklahoma City

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

Additional family members - No

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.