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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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ENZI, MICHAEL B, Republican Party
Wyoming

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $28,599.92

Average cost per trip - $4,085.70
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 228 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Fay Improvement Company
Dates - November 8, 2001 - November 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,744.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,744.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Coral Gables, FL

Purpose - Convention speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,288.00
Lodging Cost - $348.00
Meal Cost - $299.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,935.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. - Ireland Alliance
Dates - May 25, 2003 - May 30, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Ireland

Purpose - Trip to learn more about the Irish economy and to discuss U.S. businesses and their impact on the Irish economy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,566.00
Lodging Cost - $970.00
Meal Cost - $492.00
Other Cost - $28.00
Total Cost - $8,056.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Munich, Germany

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,305.82
Lodging Cost - $744.78
Meal Cost - $288.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,338.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest To Compete Alliance (ITCA)
Dates - July 3, 2004 - July 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - To attend "Invest to Compete Alliance" conference
Notes - [amended 6/15/2005 to change sponsor name from Campbell-Crane & Assoc.]

Travel Cost - $880.18
Lodging Cost - $1,185.00
Meal Cost - $570.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,635.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - The "Support" Foundation
Dates - November 27, 2001 - November 30, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Thailand

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs were for roundtrip airfare from DC to Thailand, plus per diem expenses for member and spouse.

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Waterfall Tournament Committee
Dates - August 13, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Ketchikan, AK

Purpose - Speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $890.84
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $890.84

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.