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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

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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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SMITH, GORDON HAROLD, Republican Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $36,751.96

Average cost per trip - $2,297.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 177 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - make speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $880.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Iranian Council
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $790.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - October 10, 2000 - October 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Durham, NC

Purpose - participate in a debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $58.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $609.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $183.00
Lodging Cost - $236.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sea Trek Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Liverpool, England

Purpose - keynote speech, unveiling of statue
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University -- J. Reuben Clark Law School
Dates - October 1, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $632.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $632.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Ash Hatorah
Dates - August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.49
Lodging Cost - $444.73
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in workshops
Notes -

Travel Cost - $395.00
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,156.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Motion Picture Association of America
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $334.48
Lodging Cost - $453.72
Meal Cost - $88.98
Other Cost - $48.00
Total Cost - $925.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwestern University School of Law
Dates - May 17, 2003 - May 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak at a Dean's Circle Dinner and give a Commencement Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $423.25
Lodging Cost - $136.86
Meal Cost - $55.75
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $635.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services Inc
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - County Mayo, Ireland

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified. [Amended to change sponsor from Klessler & Associates][Amended amounts 5/20/05]

Travel Cost - $8,597.15
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $328.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,731.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $8,731.26
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost - $510.14
Total Cost - $11,715.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Cleveland chapter
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $339.00
Lodging Cost - $99.33
Meal Cost - $92.71
Other Cost - $42.99
Total Cost - $574.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JED Foundation
Dates - June 7, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $92.60
Lodging Cost - $409.91
Meal Cost - $1,150.00
Other Cost - $84.66
Total Cost - $1,737.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech, participate in roundtable discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $864.90
Lodging Cost - $734.50
Meal Cost - $500.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,099.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE)
Dates - October 28, 2005 - October 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pinehurst, NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $755.79
Lodging Cost - $407.00
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,255.79

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.