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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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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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JOHNSON, TIM, Democratic Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $39,724.06

Average cost per trip - $3,972.41
Total number of days spent traveling - 48 days
Rank of representative - 165 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - to participate in the Aspen Institute's congressional program
Notes - Wife Barbara accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,888.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,348.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Coastal Corporation
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - visiting American-owned businesses operating in Pakistan and meeting with Pakistani officials to discuss issues of mutual concern to Pakistan and the United States
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,300.00
Lodging Cost - $580.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,030.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Dates - January 30, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - to deliver a speech before the national association of pharmaceutical manufacturers and to attend its annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,400.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $1,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - To speak at the annual convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers
Notes - wife Barbara accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,400.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Speaking engagement for the Connell Company's seminar series on the 108th Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $550.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $570.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Mrs. Barbara Johnson accompanied. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,678.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,928.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Mrs. Barbara Johnson accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,858.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,333.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Radiology Mammography International
Dates - September 9, 2001 - September 17, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China

Purpose - Breast cancer awareness mission which included providing free mammograms and meeting with doctors to discuss the importance of early cancer detection.
Notes - Spouse accompanied - or trip may have been just spouse. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not given, but included roundtrip air travel and lodging. Washington, DC - Beijing, China

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Rural Letter Carriers
Dates - August 2, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the National Rural Letter Carriers Association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $583.70
Lodging Cost - $148.16
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $771.86

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,388.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,393.20

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.