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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.

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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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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Ripon Society - $759,993.31 spent on 84 trips
3.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
96.6% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
October 24, 2000 - October 30, 2000 (7 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $9,050.00

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
August 11, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (8 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic conference
Total Cost - $4,869.72

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
August 11, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (7 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Speech to conference on upcoming electricity restructuring legislation
Total Cost - $1,805.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
August 10, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (5 days)
London, England
Purpose - Presentations and spoke to transatlantic conference on discriminatory effect of European Union value added tax on digital downloads supplied by American companies.
Total Cost - $5,600.00

CAMP, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Transatlantic conference in London
Total Cost - $15,623.00

CASTLE, MICHAEL N - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (7 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference -- Educational
Total Cost - $9,050.00

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Manchester, England - Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - To attend 2001 TransAtlantic Conference in Scotland
Total Cost - $7,037.33

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 13, 2003 (4 days)
London, England
Purpose - To attend Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference.
Total Cost - $2,339.40

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - In-depth discussions of public policy issues affecting US-Italian relations
Total Cost - $9,120.00

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Not specified
Total Cost - $12,286.16

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
August 9, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (7 days)
London, England
Purpose - As chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Congressman Crane participated in events focusing on the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial in Cancun, Mexico
Total Cost - $18,650.40

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 8, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (7 days)
London, England
Purpose - To gather with government and business leaders to discuss public policy issues that affect relations between the US and the host country
Total Cost - $11,017.88

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (8 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - speaking/participation in Transatlantic conference
Total Cost - $8,750.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
August 15, 2003 - August 17, 2003 (3 days)
London, England
Purpose - Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference in London, England
Total Cost - $6,271.86

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Educational - Policy International Conference - panel moderator.
Total Cost - $8,336.33

FLETCHER, ERNIE - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (8 days)
Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic conference.
Total Cost - $8,076.34

FLETCHER, ERNIE - Republican Party
February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - listening tour and healthcare forum
Total Cost - $9,464.02

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
November 23, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (10 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Meet with Business and government leaders to discuss public policy affecting U.S. and Italy
Total Cost - $5,435.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Scotland
Purpose - Conference
Total Cost - $3,493.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - reviewing high tech industries
Total Cost - $4,264.69

GORDON, BARTON JENNINGS - Democratic Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference in London, England
Total Cost - $18,683.00

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - ????
Total Cost - $5,400.00

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Transatlantic Policy Network bringing together corporate, government and academia on both sides of the Atlantic
Total Cost - $9,050.00

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Scotland
Purpose - To discuss public policy issues that affect relations between the US and Scotland.
Total Cost - $11,935.66

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - 2003 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $16,055.00

HART, MELISSA - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Transatlantic conference in London
Total Cost - $10,524.20

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - legislative conference
Total Cost - $9,050.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
August 11, 2001 - August 27, 2001 (17 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - 2001 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $12,286.16

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (11 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - 2001 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $19,571.56

JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - 2000 TransAtlantic Conference
Total Cost - $9,120.00

JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
August 5, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (14 days)
Scotland
Purpose - 2001 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $15,203.99

JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Ripon Society 2002 listening tour
Total Cost - $8,877.82

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - To participate in 2003 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $18,650.40

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
November 15, 2002 - November 23, 2002 (9 days)
Vienna, Austria
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $10,292.24

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $20,809.00

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (8 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - 2000 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $5,400.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Meetings with U.S. government/European counterparts on biotechnology, e-commerce, healthcare and other important issues
Total Cost - $9,900.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
November 21, 2000 - November 24, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - Board meeting to discuss possible future sights and topics for Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Executive Committee
Total Cost - $4,500.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 9, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (10 days)
Pershire, Scotland - Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic Conference - fact finding
Total Cost - $13,672.40

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 15, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (2 days)
London, England
Purpose - transatlantic meeting with European Leadership
Total Cost - $15,175.28

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Discussion of the U.S. and European economies and interests
Total Cost - $9,050.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Congressional participant in 2000 TransAtlantic Conference
Total Cost - $9,120.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
August 11, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (8 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - participation in Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $3,549.27

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - participation in panel discussions and debates
Total Cost - $15,174.88

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - conference with government and business leaders to discuss issues affecting the relationship between the U.S. and Great Britain
Total Cost - $5,536.86

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (8 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Fact-finding and to speak on trade implications of social policy pension reform
Total Cost - $5,894.00

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (8 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - meetings with business and govt. leaders on public policy issues that affect US - Scotland relations
Total Cost - $5,105.00

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Shannon, Ireland - London, England - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - to meet with government and business leaders to discuss public policy issues that affect relations between U.S. & Great Britain.m. Also to meet with British secretary for labor & pensions to discuss social security.
Total Cost - $5,944.88

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - speech and fact-finding
Total Cost - $23,874.84

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 18, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (1 days)
Thousand Oaks, CA
Purpose - healthcare remarks and tour of healthcare facility
Total Cost - $644.00

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (11 days)
Rome, Italy - Venice, Italy
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $9,050.00

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference-MTGS with Italian govt officials
Total Cost - $9,120.00

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Scotland
Purpose - speech to members of Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament on Kyoto and energy issues
Total Cost - $11,357.16

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
February 16, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - discussion with entertainment, technology and healthcare industry officials regarding public policy issues facing these industries as it is impact on job creation.
Total Cost - $4,732.02

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $12,200.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Scotland
Purpose - speech/participate in 2001 transatlantic conference
Total Cost - $12,187.16

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $10,208.36

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
November 23, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (9 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - participate in 2000 transatlantic conference
Total Cost - $12,970.00

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Cochair of conference and speaker
Total Cost - $19,312.36

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Total Cost - $11,715.68

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
FL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference - Speaking participation
Total Cost - $1,669.93

FERGUSON, MIKE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference
Total Cost - $5,778.26

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Key Biscayne, FL
Purpose - Policy conference
Total Cost - $2,377.51

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
November 8, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (5 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - 2004 Transatlantic Conference Panel Participant
Total Cost - $8,382.06

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
November 3, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (10 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - Educational/fact finding
Total Cost - $9,255.51

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - To discuss various international tax and trade issues with EU officials
Total Cost - $19,043.49

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - To participate in Transatlantic Conference with officials of European governments
Total Cost - $15,242.03

MILLER, CANDICE S - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Key Biscayne, FL
Purpose - Discussion of public policy issues with other Members of Congress
Total Cost - $4,578.16

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (4 days)
Key Biscayne, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,654.20

JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board
Total Cost - $4,237.71

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Key Biscayne, FL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference
Total Cost - $2,537.31

GRASSLEY, CHARLES E - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Key Biscayne, FL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference
Total Cost - $4,313.91

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (4 days)
Key Biscayne, FL
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference
Total Cost - $2,581.73

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speech, participate in roundtable discussions
Total Cost - $2,099.58

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
October 29, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (15 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $9,023.26

BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM - Republican Party
November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - To participate in panel discussions for the Trans Atlantic Conference regarding a knowledge-based, global economy
Total Cost - $9,217.31

HART, MELISSA - Republican Party
November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - To participate in a program consisting of panel discussions and debates regarding important issues that impact both the US and European economies and interests
Total Cost - $5,341.46

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $9,217.31

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
London, England
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $18,785.02

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
August 1, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC
Total Cost - $1,643.64

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - Attendance at the 2004 Transatlantic Conference
Total Cost - $9,217.31

KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K - Republican Party
November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $9,217.31

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
September 8, 2005 - September 9, 2005 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Attend the 2005 National Listening Tour in Philadelphia, PA
Total Cost - $1,236.30

JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
September 8, 2005 - September 9, 2005 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - To learn about current developments in technology in the medical, technical, and energy fields
Total Cost - $899.69

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.