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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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ENSIGN, JOHN ERIC, Republican Party
Nevada

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $19,514.48

Average cost per trip - $2,787.78
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 306 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Dates - April 29, 2003 - April 30, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speaking event for the International Church if the Foursquare Gospel Annual Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $767.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $917.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cuban American National Foundation
Dates - May 20, 2003 - May 20, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking event for the International Church if the Foursquare Gospel Annual Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $789.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $789.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - Participation in Policy Dialogues with Japanese Government Officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,068.90
Lodging Cost - $800.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,869.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 8, 2003 - December 16, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - Participation in fact-finding trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,439.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $339.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,378.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Dates - January 29, 2002 - February 2, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Participant in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed, cost was for entrance fee for golf tournament.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Barrick Goldstrike Mines
Dates - October 28, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Winnemucca, NV - Barrick, NV

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 25, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - Participation in policy dialogues/programs with Japanese government officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,715.40
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $155.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $3,560.40

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.