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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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Intl Management & Development Institute (IMDI) - $535,276.47 spent on 62 trips
63.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
36.9% spent on Republican Party

BENTSEN, KENNETH EDWARD JR - Democratic Party
May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
Copenhagen, Denmark - Oslo, Norway
Purpose - IMDI boardroom briefing
Total Cost - $2,876.03

BENTSEN, KENNETH EDWARD JR - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Dusseldorf, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - U.S. Germany roundtable for the 21st century
Total Cost - $11,832.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
August 23, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (4 days)
Helsinki, Finland
Purpose - Keynote address at conference on convergence in telecommunications markets and migration of services to the Internet
Total Cost - $2,075.00

CHANDLER, BEN - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Moscow, Russia - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - met with Russian government officials and civic groups about the current economic conditions and investment climate and how it will affect our relations. Met with Slovakian government officials and banking interests regarding the transition to the market
Total Cost - $17,784.60

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
February 19, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (6 days)
Cologne, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - US-German Roundtable and Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Total Cost - $7,720.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
August 30, 2001 - September 1, 2001 (3 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Prague, Czech Republic
Purpose - Conference on Economic Development in Eastern
Total Cost - $2,503.00

DEGETTE, DIANA L - Democratic Party
February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Cologne, Germany
Purpose - Policy trip
Total Cost - $630.00

DOGGETT, LLOYD A MR. - Democratic Party
January 12, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (9 days)
Singapore - Thailand - Cambodia
Purpose - Meeting with Singaporean governmental business and academic leaders
Total Cost - $16,592.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Munich, Germany
Purpose - 7th annual US-German Roundtable
Total Cost - $15,900.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
February 17, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (8 days)
Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - US-German Roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Total Cost - $17,268.51

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
February 17, 2003 - February 25, 2003 (9 days)
Cologne, Germany - Bonn, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century: IMDI Congressional.
Total Cost - $14,940.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
February 14, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (11 days)
Munich, Germany - Berlin, Germany
Purpose - fact finding trip and panel participant in the US German roundtable for the 21st century
Total Cost - $14,450.00

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (4 days)
Dusseldorf, Germany - Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Participation in US - German Roundtable discussions
Total Cost - $6,208.70

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
August 23, 2000 - August 29, 2000 (7 days)
Helsinki, Finland - Stockholm, Sweden
Purpose - participate as a panelist at VA policy roundtable
Total Cost - $2,745.34

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 19, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Total Cost - $17,299.50

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 17, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (5 days)
Cologne, Germany - Bonn, Germany
Purpose - US - German Roundtable
Total Cost - $14,660.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
January 12, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (5 days)
Baden-Baden, Germany
Purpose - participation in the "US-German Roundtables for the 21st Century"
Total Cost - $5,855.55

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - US - German Roundtable meeting
Total Cost - $7,497.50

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
August 30, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (5 days)
Prague, Czech Republic - Madrid, Spain
Purpose - IMDI Board Meeting
Total Cost - $4,047.40

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
February 16, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (9 days)
Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Total Cost - $15,042.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
February 18, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (6 days)
Cologne, Germany
Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Total Cost - $7,947.60

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Moscow, Russia - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - IMDI Series of Board Room Briefings
Total Cost - $7,355.20

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
January 12, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (7 days)
Baden-Baden, Germany
Purpose - US/German roundtable for the 21st Century
Total Cost - $4,669.51

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Paris, France - Dusseldorf, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Total Cost - $9,648.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
February 20, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - London, England
Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Total Cost - $15,242.36

LAFALCE, JOHN J - Democratic Party
January 11, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (6 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Baden-Baden, Germany
Purpose - "US-Germany Roundtables for the 21st century"
Total Cost - $6,892.55

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
January 14, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (2 days)
Baden-Baden, Germany
Purpose - keynote speaker, US-German roundtable
Total Cost - $967.78

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - May 2, 2000 (18 days)
Budapest, Hungary - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vienna, Austria
Purpose - lead the discussions at the IMDI board room briefing in Vienna
Total Cost - $2,200.86

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
August 24, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (13 days)
Copenhagen, Denmark - Helsinki, Finland - Copenhagen
Purpose - participate in conference with Finnish business leaders
Total Cost - $909.20

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Denmark - China - Singapore
Purpose - participate in discussions with Singaporean and Chinese business leaders
Total Cost - $9,866.20

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
August 5, 2000 - August 7, 2000 (3 days)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Purpose - conference w Danish business and government leaders
Total Cost - $1,245.10

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
May 25, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (11 days)
Copenhagen, Denmark - Oslo, Norway
Purpose - Participate in IMDI board room briefings
Total Cost - $2,495.50

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Dusseldorf, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - Participate in U.S. German roundtable discussions
Total Cost - $12,802.20

LANTOS, TOM - Democratic Party
February 16, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (11 days)
Paris, France - Berlin, Germany - Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - participate in discussions with government and business leaders
Total Cost - $16,301.51

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 12, 2000 - January 15, 2000 (4 days)
Baden-Baden, Germany
Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st century
Total Cost - $7,916.59

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
February 20, 2002 - February 25, 2002 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein - London, England
Purpose - US-German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Total Cost - $8,433.00

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 18, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (7 days)
Singapore
Purpose - IMDI Congressional Visits to Singapore Program
Total Cost - $5,493.80

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Dusseldorf, Germany - Liechtenstein - Germany
Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable
Total Cost - $14,538.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
March 26, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (4 days)
Hong Kong - Singapore
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $7,897.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
February 17, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (8 days)
Munich, Germany - Liechtenstein - Germany
Purpose - U.S. German Congressional roundtable in Germany that addressed key economic, monetary, trade and foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $11,741.80

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Frankfurt, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose -
Total Cost - $14,500.00

STARK, PETE - Democratic Party
February 14, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (8 days)
London, England - Munich, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Total Cost - $14,270.68

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
February 18, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (6 days)
Cologne, Germany - Bonn, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - US-German Roundtable/IMDI Congressional Visit to Liechtenstein
Total Cost - $7,940.00

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 20, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (5 days)
Singapore
Purpose - IMDI Congressional Visits to Singapore Program
Total Cost - $5,221.30

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
August 22, 2000 - August 27, 2000 (6 days)
Helsinki, Finland
Purpose - US-European Internet and e-commerce session
Total Cost - $1,584.30

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Cologne, Germany
Purpose - US Germany roundtable
Total Cost - $8,120.55

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
April 13, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (7 days)
Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary
Purpose - Meetings with government officials
Total Cost - $3,787.72

WOLF, FRANK R - Republican Party
February 14, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany
Purpose - U.S.-German Roundtable conference - visit embassy for briefings and meetings with U.S. government officials
Total Cost - $14,075.00

WOOLSEY, LYNN C - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Singapore
Purpose - IMDI-Singapore Board Room Briefing
Total Cost - $6,350.40

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
February 19, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (10 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany
Purpose - Participation in the US-French Congressional Roundtable and the 8th Annual US-German Congressional Roundtable
Total Cost - $9,809.40

DOGGETT, LLOYD A MR. - Democratic Party
February 17, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (7 days)
France
Purpose - Participation in U.S.-French Congressional Roundtable
Total Cost - $7,494.52

DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D - Democratic Party
February 19, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (7 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany
Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union, Germany, and France, and to discuss trade, security, and economic issues.
Total Cost - $4,921.20

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
February 21, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (7 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - Congressional Roundtable in France, Germany and Liechtenstein that addressed key economic, monetary, trade and foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $16,276.30

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
February 20, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (8 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein
Purpose - Participate in U.S.-French Congressional Roundtable and U.S.-German Roundtable
Total Cost - $11,692.40

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (7 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany
Purpose - US-French Congressional Roundtable, US-German Congressional Roundtable
Total Cost - $9,408.40

CHANDLER, BEN - Democratic Party
February 20, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (8 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Purpose - US-French Congressional Roundtable; US-German Roundtable; Congressional visit to Liechtenstein
Total Cost - $11,116.80

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
February 23, 2005 - March 1, 2005 (7 days)
Paris, France - London, England - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy
Purpose - To meet with business and government representatives to discuss economic, trade and foreign policy interests of mutual concern and interest
Total Cost - $11,304.55

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
February 20, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (6 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany
Purpose - US - French Congressional Roundtable and US - German Congressional Roundtable
Total Cost - $3,721.60

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
February 19, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (8 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany
Purpose - Fact finding to learn about trade and international issues
Total Cost - $5,363.60

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
February 19, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (9 days)
Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany
Purpose - An educational trip to discuss economic, trade and foreign issues
Total Cost - $5,916.60

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 18, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (6 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union and France, and to discuss trade, security and economic issues
Total Cost - $4,524.26

DEGETTE, DIANA L - Democratic Party
February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (7 days)
Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - US- German Congressional roundtable. [Amended sponsor, previously French American Foundation]
Total Cost - $5,386.00

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.