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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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Microsoft Corporation - $129,889.42 spent on 25 trips
95.4% spent on Democratic Party
3.7% spent on Independent Party
0.8% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Total Cost - $7,024.36

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft executives regarding intellectual property tour changes on the congressional agenda
Total Cost - $1,750.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $4,867.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 15, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (3 days)
Not specified
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose -
Total Cost - $4,602.50

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Technology tour in California
Total Cost - $4,867.00

DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (2 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - fact finding trip to see first hand Starbucks Corp and Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Total Cost - $2,970.16

DAVIS, LINCOLN EDWARD - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Meeting with technology industry leaders, briefing on current issues
Total Cost - $6,790.68

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 11, 2003 - December 13, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - to do a plant tour of Microsoft facility and meet with CEO of Starbucks
Total Cost - $2,019.79

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Total Cost - $747.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Hi-tech tour for CBC hosted by Rep. Johnson
Total Cost - $9,425.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): AT&T, American Airlines
Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,594.00

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - legislative study and fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,833.18

MCINTYRE, MIKE - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - educational trip regarding high-tech issues as related to official duties
Total Cost - $6,176.00

MEEK, CARRIE - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - participate in technology briefing
Total Cost - $4,602.50

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional briefing/Microsoft Campus Visit for Members of the Blue Dog Coalition
Total Cost - $2,405.19

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Redmond, WA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,610.43

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities as part of Congressional Black Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $4,771.00

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour of facilities
Total Cost - $9,205.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
July 27, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - meetings and fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,598.43

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
San Jose, CA
Co-sponsor(s): American Airlines, AT&T
Purpose - to attend technology presentations & tour company facilities
Total Cost - $9,203.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
June 11, 2004 - June 14, 2004 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - speech and meet with executives of Microsoft Corporation and Real Networks
Total Cost - $1,058.20

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Speech to Microsoft meeting on elements of upcoming telecommunications law reform
Total Cost - $1,370.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Faith and Politics Institute, Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

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.