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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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    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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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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SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $18,315.13

Average cost per trip - $1,144.70
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 321 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ditchley Foundation, Oxfordshire, UK
Dates - March 10, 2000 - March 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - England

Purpose - conference on International Action on Illegal Drugs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $346.50
Lodging Cost - $569.25
Meal Cost - $297.00
Other Cost - $110.00
Total Cost - $1,322.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Defense Industry Association, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Space & Missile Defense Assoc, Air Defense Artillery Association
Dates - August 23, 2000 - August 23, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - speech to space and missile defense conference
Notes - Mobile, AL - Huntsville, AL - Mobile, AL

Travel Cost - $1,700.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AAA Cooper Transportation Inc.
Dates - April 21, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orange Beach, AL

Purpose - to get to Orange Beach, AL
Notes - To speak to Alabama Truckers Association meeting. Birmingham, AL to Orange Beach, AL

Travel Cost - $365.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Samford
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - speech at Stamford University
Notes - Washington, DC to Birmingham, AL

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Heritage Foundation Conference/Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,745.00
Lodging Cost - $103.16
Meal Cost - $557.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,405.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 4, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Gadsden, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - meeting of AEC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,370.65
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,370.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 25, 2002 - August 26, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - To speak and participate in Business Council of Alabama's annual legislative conference
Notes - Other expenses include registration, meals and reception costs

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $138.04
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $938.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - September 30, 2002 - September 30, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - Tour of Lockheed-Martin Courtland facility
Notes - got to Huntsville by automobile. Huntsville, AL - Washington DC

Travel Cost - $661.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $661.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Republican senators working retreat
Notes - at Greenbrier Resort

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $597.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening
Dates - January 3, 2003 - January 5, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speak at awakening conference
Notes - Awakening is at PO Box 19177, Atlanta, GA 31126

Travel Cost - $1,473.00
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,098.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Plam Beach, FL

Purpose - Annual issues conference participant
Notes - Center is at 4401 Wilshre Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $692.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $552.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,760.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speak and participate at Awakening Conference
Notes - At The Cloisters, Awakening is at 3455 Peachtree Rd. NE - Meals included lodging

Travel Cost - $1,171.40
Lodging Cost - $748.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,919.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 13, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Participate in Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Faith and Politics Institute is at 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 304, Washington DC 20002

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $793.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Attend Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Grand Opening ceremony
Notes - Washington, DC - Montgomery, AL

Travel Cost - $575.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $575.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman Corp
Dates - June 27, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - Ground breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Huntsville
Notes - Washington, DC - Huntsville, AL Flew on their plane so reimbursement is first class equivalent

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman Corp
Dates - October 24, 2005 - October 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mobile, AL

Purpose - Ground-breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Alabama
Notes - Mobile, AL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $580.00

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.