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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.

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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Congressional Institute - $61,109.64 spent on 74 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
February 3, 2000 - February 5, 2000 (3 days)
Nemacolin, PA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $504.00

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - members' conference retreat
Total Cost - $785.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,214.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $210.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $660.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Elected Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership conference retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC Retreat (House Elected Leadership Retreat)
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $717.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Total Cost - $190.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Total Cost - $722.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Total Cost - $900.21

HASTERT, DENNIS J - Republican Party
February 1, 2001 - February 3, 2001 (3 days)
Williamsburg, VA
Purpose - Republican planning conference.
Total Cost - $589.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Republican Elected Leaders Retreat 2 nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin,
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $900.21

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $913.34

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senior Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,429.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Participate in the Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,112.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Attendance at annual Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Meeting
Total Cost - $1,183.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Republican senators working retreat
Total Cost - $597.00

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $705.00

GREGG, JUDD A - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost -

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ
Total Cost - $1,071.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat to discuss agenda for 109th Congress
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Richmond, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Conference discussion of 10 years of progress
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 10, 2005 (5 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Enabling Members of the 104th class to learn from lessons of the past decade and provide insight to successfully plan for the next decade
Total Cost - $1,638.00

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,134.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational - to assess Congressional accomplishments, review lessons learned & anticipate future challenges
Total Cost - $1,638.00

MYRICK, SUE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HASTINGS, DOC - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
January 27, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Total Cost - $820.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Meeting of House and Senate Leadership
Total Cost - $776.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Attend Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th class retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $726.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.12

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (3 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

NUSSLE, JIM - Republican Party
January 15, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership meeting
Total Cost -

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.