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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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Center for the Study of Popular Culture - $35,956.88 spent on 23 trips
3.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
96.9% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Abescon, NJ
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $668.80

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,859.20

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend
Total Cost - $3,026.72

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaker at Restoration weekend
Total Cost - $1,947.20

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
July 28, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (3 days)
Absecon, NJ
Purpose - participate on panel during restoration weekend
Total Cost - $421.88

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak on panel at Restoration Weekend
Total Cost - $1,831.84

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend
Total Cost - $1,291.56

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
November 15, 2002 - November 17, 2002 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend - MC dinner
Total Cost - $5,859.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - official; promote government and conservative issues
Total Cost - $1,809.00

ROGAN, JAMES E - Republican Party
July 28, 2000 - July 29, 2000 (2 days)
Absecon, NJ
Purpose - Conference on global environment
Total Cost - $926.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
November 15, 2002 - November 16, 2002 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Remarks at annual "Restoration Weekend" luncheon on Saturday, November 16 at the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, CA
Total Cost - $1,709.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
West Plam Beach, FL
Purpose - Annual issues conference participant
Total Cost - $1,760.00

THOMAS, CRAIG - Republican Party
September 1, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - speak at annual event
Total Cost - $487.50

THOMPSON, FRED - Republican Party
August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Restoration Weekend and speech
Total Cost - $2,239.65

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - panelist at restoration weekend 2003 conference
Total Cost - $639.10

MILLER, ZELL BRYAN - Democratic Party
November 14, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement - received an award
Total Cost - $1,098.60

ROYCE, ED - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,792.20

QUINN, JACK - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Restoration weekend - retreat for policy and legislative review discussion of homeland security border safety "Al Qaeda 6" in Lackawanna, NY - FBI, CIA cooperation
Total Cost - $1,119.61

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (2 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Speak on panel - homeland security and immigration
Total Cost - $433.40

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
November 10, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Total Cost - $1,632.20

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
November 11, 2004 - November 13, 2004 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Keynote speaker for Restoration Weekend 2004
Total Cost - $1,177.58

BUNNING, JIM - Republican Party
November 10, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (3 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
August 25, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - To deliver a breakfast keynote speech to an audience gathered for a day long conference on the issue of immigration
Total Cost - $2,226.84

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.