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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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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MCCONNELL, MITCH, Republican Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $19,161.84

Average cost per trip - $2,129.09
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 315 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 5, 2000 - March 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - to speak at AIPAC's annual Palm Beach Washington Club meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $527.00
Lodging Cost - $223.88
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Peabody Group, St. Louis MO
Dates - February 12, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Madisonville, KY

Purpose - To announce opening of new Peabody plan in Muhlenberg County, KY
Notes - Madisonville, KY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $354.99
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $354.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Remarks at Cleveland Committee for AIPAC reception and dinner honoring AIPAC president, Tim Wuliger
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.50
Lodging Cost - $190.24
Meal Cost - $16.57
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,407.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - December 8, 2001 - December 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - keynote dinner event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Armenian Independence, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Notes - lodging: senator and wife, Elaine Chao, stayed with a friend. Washington, DC -- Los Angeles, CA -- Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $2,214.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,214.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 15, 2002 - November 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Remarks at annual "Restoration Weekend" luncheon on Saturday, November 16 at the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, CA
Notes - Meal and lodging expenses include those of my wife, Elaine Chao, whose attendance was "appropriate to assist in the representation of the Senate (rule 35.2 (d) (f)). Senator's transpiration costs only - that of his wife was paid by NRSC

Travel Cost - $1,134.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $335.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,709.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Farm Bureau Federation
Dates - January 6, 2002 - January 7, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - annual convention, to be presented with AFBF Distinguished Service Award on 1/6, and to attend Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast 1/7
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,924.50
Lodging Cost - $235.20
Meal Cost - $30.81
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,190.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Middleburg, VA

Purpose - Attendance at annual Senate Leadership Retreat
Notes - Congressional Institute is at 401 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Travel Cost - $123.00
Lodging Cost - $317.00
Meal Cost - $299.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $739.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement and panel participation - AEI World Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,570.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,210.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference related to US/EU/Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,474.15
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,436.15

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.