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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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LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT, Democratic Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $23,162.02

Average cost per trip - $2,105.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 271 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Junior Chamber of Commerce
Dates - January 15, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - to receive top ten outstanding young American award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $420.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $445.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Dates - March 15, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak to their annual national convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,736.50
Lodging Cost - $672.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,409.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Randolph-Macon Womens College
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lynchburg, VA

Purpose - commencement speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $245.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $245.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - May 28, 2000 - May 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $627.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,197.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - January 29, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Address the National Cotton Council's annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,416.00
Lodging Cost - $218.79
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,669.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Entergy
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Russellville, AR

Purpose - speech on national energy policy to Arkansas Nuclear One License Extension
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chi Omega Foundation
Dates - June 29, 2002 - June 30, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Desert, CA

Purpose - Speak at convention and to receive the Woman of Achievement Award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.00
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $233.00
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arkansas Orthopedia Society
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 12, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Heber Springs, AK

Purpose - Keynote speaker for annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,035.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,035.30

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Policy retreat - participate in policy discussions on Homeland Security, national security, budget and taxes
Notes - Spouse and 2 children accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,600.00
Lodging Cost - $570.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost - $124.00
Total Cost - $3,194.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congress Health Policy Conference
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speech on healthcare
Notes - Turnberry Isle, FL

Travel Cost - $782.36
Lodging Cost - $1,351.13
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $3,100.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Spoke to Association of American Railroads' Legislative Conference on transportation infrastructure
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,321.80
Lodging Cost - $1,844.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,965.80

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.