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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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NEI - $313,087.78 spent on 24 trips
35.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
64.8% spent on Republican Party

BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM - Republican Party
August 12, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To tour the Department of Energy's nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
Total Cost - $3,774.09

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France - Avignon, France
Purpose - Tour European nuclear technologies sites - fact finding.
Total Cost - $18,564.20

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
June 28, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - fact-finding trip and tour of European nuclear technology sites
Total Cost - $16,813.30

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Marseilles, France - Paris, France
Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Total Cost - $18,413.80

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (7 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $16,907.30

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Total Cost - $15,769.20

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Fact finding tour
Total Cost - $14,708.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 4, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (5 days)
Rome, Italy - London, England
Purpose - To tour energy facilities and ministries in Italy
Total Cost - $10,893.16

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002 (7 days)
Spain
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $18,006.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Barcelona, Spain
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Spanish nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $14,624.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (6 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $10,638.00

KIRK, MARK STEVEN - Republican Party
March 25, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (1 days)
Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Helicopter flight and tour of Yucca Mountain
Total Cost - $360.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
April 14, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France - Cherbourg, France
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to European nuclear technologies site
Total Cost - $15,002.40

LATHAM, THOMAS P - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - To meet with Energy Ministry, discuss post-Chernobyl nuclear policies, economic consequences of decreased nuclear generation in Italy. Toured geothermal facilities and discussed construction methods, new technologies and safety.
Total Cost - $18,053.14

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
June 30, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (7 days)
Marseilles, France
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $19,164.20

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Paris, France - Normandy, France
Purpose - Meet French senators and congressmen about nuclear energy issues and visit nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $19,685.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Avignon, France - Paris, France
Purpose - visit: Vandello I & II & ERODIF Enrichment Facility
Total Cost - $19,872.00

QUINN, JACK - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (7 days)
Paris, France - Cherbourg, France
Purpose - fact finding trip to European Nuclear sites
Total Cost - $16,131.40

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
November 11, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - fact finding program to Yucca Mountain, NV
Total Cost - $1,255.70

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Total Cost - $1,707.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Total Cost - $1,629.40

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Italy
Purpose - Fact finding trip to the Ansaldo-Camozzi Nuclear and special Components Facility in Italy.
Total Cost - $18,911.81

TOWNS, EDOLPHUS - Democratic Party
May 14, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Participate in program
Total Cost - $2,426.20

STUPAK, BART - Democratic Party
May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France
Purpose - Tour of Spanish and French nuclear facilities and discussions with industry officials
Total Cost - $19,778.48

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.