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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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 | 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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INHOFE, JAMES M, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 4
Total cost of trips - $2,561.55

Average cost per trip - $640.39
Total number of days spent traveling - 5 days
Rank of representative - 544 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ocean Spray Cranberry Growers & Citrus Growers Association
Dates - February 21, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - to deliver speech on Wetlands in accordance with my position as Chairman of the subcommittee on clean air, wetlands, private property and nuclear safety of the committee on environment and public works
Notes - Tulsa, OK - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $364.05
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $364.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
Dates - March 27, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - to deliver speech to their annual meeting at the general session in accordance with my position as chairman of the subcommittee on clean air, wetlands, private property and nuclear safety of the committee on environment and public works
Notes - first class airfare. Tulsa, OK - San Antonio, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,075.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,075.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boeing Inc.
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Anaheim, CA

Purpose - Transportation between Boeing's C-17 plant (Long Beach) and Boeing's Battlefield Integration Center Facility (Anaheim)
Notes - Long Beach, CA - Anaheim, CA

Travel Cost - $62.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $62.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding mission regarding trade in food and medicine, including policy development
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $410.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,060.00

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.