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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.

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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COLLINS, SUSAN M, Republican Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $12,201.25

Average cost per trip - $1,220.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 403 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Invited participant, the Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Health Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,333.25
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,909.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Novogradic and Co.
Dates - May 18, 2001 - May 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Gave a speech at the Credit & Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $777.00
Lodging Cost - $207.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $984.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association for Home Care and Hospice Association of America
Dates - October 13, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Gave a speech on legislative developments affecting home health care
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,507.00
Lodging Cost - $597.32
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,104.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Col. Frances Auclair, President Maine Unit #41, Women Veterans of the Sea Services, 23 Sprucewood Lane, Orland, ME 04472
Dates - May 17, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Rockport, ME

Purpose - gave speech at the Maine Unit #41 of WAVES national Banquet (Women Veteran of the Sea Services)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $222.56
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $222.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FMC Corporation
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rockland, ME

Purpose - speak at the Board of Directors meeting of the FMC Corporation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,053.57
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,053.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 9, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speak at annual membership meeting in Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $211.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,458.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northeastern Retail Lumber Assn
Dates - September 11, 2004 - September 12, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newcastle, NH

Purpose - Gave speech on legislative priorities for the remainder of the session of the 108th Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $223.63
Meal Cost - $38.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $261.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, South African Institute of Intl Affairs
Dates - November 9, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa

Purpose - Conference on International Affairs and Fact Finding Trip
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,453.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,653.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Barrier Island Group for the Arts
Dates - January 30, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sanibel, FL

Purpose - To speak at Lecture Series on Intelligence Reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $804.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $804.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 8, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Aspen Strategy Group's 2005 summer workshop entitled "Mapping the Jihadist Threat: The War on Terrorism Since 9/11"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

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.