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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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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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VOINOVICH, GEORGE V, Republican Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $34,938.89

Average cost per trip - $3,176.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 185 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Mrs Voinovich accompanied. At Turnberry Isle

Travel Cost - $1,609.60
Lodging Cost - $1,258.89
Meal Cost - $711.18
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $3,619.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Council of State Governments
Dates - April 28, 2000 - May 1, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - receiving guardian of federalism award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $161.04
Lodging Cost - $436.69
Meal Cost - $244.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $842.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare seminar
Notes - at Turnberry Island Resort

Travel Cost - $105.50
Lodging Cost - $891.00
Meal Cost - $353.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $1,424.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - EEI Energy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $261.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $29.83
Total Cost - $291.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $180.00
Lodging Cost - $903.00
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,541.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 7, 2002 - February 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Meeting regarding the future of public service
Notes -

Travel Cost - $440.60
Lodging Cost - $178.81
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $619.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Everglades Coalition
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Attended conference on environmental and other issues facing the Florida Everglades
Notes - place was missing

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $142.61
Meal Cost - $48.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Attend seminars, briefings, etc., on health care issues and how to solve the health care crisis
Notes -

Travel Cost - $655.00
Lodging Cost - $1,487.36
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $2,673.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund to the JFK School of Govt Grant
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Meetings on healthcare issues
Notes - Turnberry Isle, FL

Travel Cost - $170.96
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $932.00
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,937.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 26, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $17,782.10
Lodging Cost - $1,216.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,798.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Turnberry Isle, FL

Purpose - Attend seminars on health care issues
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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.