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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.

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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CORNYN, JOHN, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $73,859.22

Average cost per trip - $4,103.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 39 days
Rank of representative - 64 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Dallas Prayer Breakfast
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $89.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bo Pilgrim, Pilgrims Pride
Dates - November 20, 2003 - November 20, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement at Dallas Baptist University
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,446.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,446.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Jewish Coalition
Dates - January 31, 2003 - February 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speaker at annual RJC conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,200.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Toyota Corporation
Dates - February 10, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speaker at announcement ceremony for new Toyota manufacturing plant in San Antonio
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $2,966.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,966.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washingtons Birthday Celebration Association
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Laredo, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker at International Bridge Ceremony
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $139.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Roundtable
Dates - May 1, 2003 - May 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attended the Business Roundtable's Congress and The Economy program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $989.00
Lodging Cost - $707.88
Meal Cost - $215.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,911.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orange County, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - good faith estimate. McAllen, TX - Orange County, CA

Travel Cost - $2,216.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,236.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $12,861.42
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $357.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,818.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Review of Law and Politics
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speak to Texas Review of Law and Politics
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $920.00
Meal Cost - $292.07
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,212.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Larry Benson, LP Investments
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Portrait hanging at St. Mary's Law School and speak at Center for Terrorism Opening
Notes - Washington, DC - San Antonio

Travel Cost - $756.69
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $756.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Patrick Kennedy, Jr.
Dates - May 15, 2004 - May 15, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speak at the Trinity University Commencement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute on Congress and American History
Dates - June 13, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speak to the Institute on Congress and American History
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $99.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $209.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Financial Group
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Financial services industry fact-finding mission hosted by constituent company with substantial operations on site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,157.00
Lodging Cost - $2,844.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $7,441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speak to the Texas Association of Broadcasters Annual Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
Dates - October 23, 2004 - October 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Give remarks to the AIPAC Senate Club (part of the AIPAC National Summit)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $587.46
Lodging Cost - $155.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $743.40
Total Cost - $1,486.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce - Borderfest Border Texan of the Year Committee
Dates - March 1, 2005 - March 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hidalgo, TX

Purpose - Receive 2005 Border Texan of the Year Award and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $22,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,586.15
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,748.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,786.15
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,748.15

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.