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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.

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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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MURKOWSKI, FRANK, Republican Party
Alaska

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $63,519.79

Average cost per trip - $4,234.65
Total number of days spent traveling - 55 days
Rank of representative - 84 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Seafood Processors Assoc.
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 29, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech at convention
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,828.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,508.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech at annual meeting
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $326.83
Lodging Cost - $1,213.62
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,690.45

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association for Energy Economics, Cleveland OH
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - MN - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to annual conference
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,387.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,387.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MGN, Inc.
Dates - February 14, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Skull Valley, UT

Purpose - site visit. Skull Valley Nuclear Disposal Site
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,659.54
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $182.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,842.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Participant, Global Environment Conference
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,989.60
Lodging Cost - $1,443.00
Meal Cost - $960.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,392.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - BP, Rio Tinto, Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Madrid, Spain

Purpose - World Energy briefings by BP, intl. Mineral Market, Forecast for 2000 and beyond briefings by Rio Tinto, meeting with Spanish Electric Association and a site visit to their nuclear plant facilities
Notes - Wife, Nancy accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,611.57
Lodging Cost - $2,590.17
Meal Cost - $442.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,644.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 25, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

Purpose - accompanied Sen. Murkowski
Notes - Senator's travel paid by U.S. State Dept.

Travel Cost - $7,223.32
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,223.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech and discussion panel participant at the institute's CEO meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,101.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $129.43
Other Cost - $3.86
Total Cost - $6,234.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Phillips Petroleum Company
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Ship christening
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,184.80
Lodging Cost - $237.08
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,571.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alyeska Pipeline Services Co, Era Aviation
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Valdez, AK - Fairbanks, AK - Deadhorse, AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip related to the exploration development and transportation of oil and gas from the Alaska North Slope and associated communities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,340.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - TXU
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Big Spring, TX

Purpose - wind power tour and energy/nuclear briefing
Notes - lodging included meals

Travel Cost - $2,356.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,556.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Companies
Dates - April 29, 2001 - April 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,212.00
Lodging Cost - $335.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,747.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - conference on convergence of US National Security and the Global Environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,984.92
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,864.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Royal Carribean International
Dates - November 10, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional overview cruise
Notes - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $712.00
Lodging Cost - $899.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Waterfall Charitable Organization
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 22, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Talkeetna, AK

Purpose - Alaska 2001 youth summit
Notes - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $1,673.80
Lodging Cost - $233.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,906.90

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.