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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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 | 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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THOMPSON, FRED, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $33,904.12

Average cost per trip - $2,608.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 189 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,701.95
Lodging Cost - $1,567.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $148.00
Total Cost - $11,417.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SRI International, Atomic Tangerine, Forbes ASAP
Dates - May 8, 2000 - May 9, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,842.00
Lodging Cost - $353.62
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,220.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pigeon Forge, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dennis Miller Live
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to appear on Dennis Miller Live July 7
Notes - $260 for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,458.50
Lodging Cost - $125.45
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,843.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina School of the Arts
Dates - November 10, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Winston-Salem, NC

Purpose - to participate in the National Conference on Ethics in Filmmaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $935.00
Lodging Cost - $359.37
Meal Cost - $96.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,391.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,223.50
Lodging Cost - $1,435.50
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,709.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bethlehem Center
Dates - March 30, 2001 - March 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chattanooga, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $727.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute World Forum
Dates - July 22, 2001 - July 24, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes - travel provided by executive branch

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $480.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - First Farmers and Merchants Bank
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ASCAP
Dates - October 18, 2001 - October 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - ASCAP Event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Restoration Weekend and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,895.00
Lodging Cost - $235.00
Meal Cost - $109.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,239.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Today
Dates - October 12, 2002 - October 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - debate at USA Today forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,773.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - to moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,692.00

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.