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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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DORGAN, BYRON L, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $17,736.45

Average cost per trip - $1,182.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 328 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. relations toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,352.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,832.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - International Consumer Electronics Show. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,480.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,840.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $993.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Denver
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - deliver commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,586.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,726.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - To participate in the 80 Megawatt Wind Project Dedication
Notes -

Travel Cost - $664.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - DLC Retreat
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost - $485.35
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $248.36
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $1,411.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Dates - November 24, 2003 - November 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in the Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Roundtable in Grand Forks, ND
Notes - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,585.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in Energy Legislative Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $345.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $345.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in the Consumer Electronics Show and meetings to discuss innovations in technology
Notes -

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 16, 2002 - September 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Bismarck.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Bismarck to Fargo.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Central Power Electric Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Minot, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Minot.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Midwest Electric Consumers Association
Dates - December 10, 2002 - December 10, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement. Fargo, ND - Denver, CO - Washington, DC
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Cost was for air travel.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Comcast Corp
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Tour Comcast Media Center to review advancements in video on demand technology and technology used to deliver digital cable to rural areas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,069.22
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,069.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corp
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Participate in the National Guard 957th Bridge Company Welcome Home Event
Notes - Bismarck, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $882.00

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.