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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.

Back to all reports

World Economic Forum - $177,899.20 spent on 42 trips
42.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
58.0% spent on Republican Party

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $6,894.50

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $9,881.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 25, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (7 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participant and attended meetings
Total Cost - $8,606.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in and attend conference
Total Cost - $2,009.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 20, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend and participate in forum
Total Cost - $5,349.40

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $3,450.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Total Cost - $1,425.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $3,440.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 26, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Forum's annual meeting
Total Cost - $7,490.53

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Total Cost - $7,161.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,802.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost -

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
January 21, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in forum
Total Cost - $8,983.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $6,894.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Forum meetings
Total Cost - $2,465.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Conference participation
Total Cost - $3,650.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in forum
Total Cost - $1,833.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (7 days)
Geneva, Switzerland - Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $7,004.22

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Total Cost - $6,894.50

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participant
Total Cost - $1,993.50

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate on a panel, Jan. 29-30 at personal expense
Total Cost - $4,640.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant on panel
Total Cost - $7,211.00

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - to discuss the future of NATO
Total Cost - $3,650.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant in World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos
Total Cost - $9,464.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participated in WEF annual meeting
Total Cost - $270.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - congressman participated in forum
Total Cost - $7,907.84

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speech and fact finding
Total Cost - $1,742.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - World Economic Forum Conference
Total Cost - $927.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 22, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attendance at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
Total Cost - $2,058.58

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - speaking engagement at work economic forum annual meeting
Total Cost - $6,038.56

GRAHAM, BOB - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $1,727.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 27, 2001 (3 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Speech, participation in Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,380.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participation in forum (four day event)
Total Cost - $1,711.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Conference
Total Cost - $5,919.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the world economic conference
Total Cost - $5,052.10

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in workshops
Total Cost - $2,156.00

TORRICELLI, ROBERT G - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To attend World Economic Forum conference
Total Cost - $1,871.00

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participate in the Forum's 30th annual meeting
Total Cost - $180.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (5 days)
Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in panels on various economic issues
Total Cost - $8,475.38

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Total Cost - $5,549.58

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Total Cost - $1,878.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in World Economic Forum meetings as part of CODEL Portman
Total Cost - $864.01

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.