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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

  • 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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Consumer Electronics Assn - $100,937.09 spent on 50 trips
26.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
73.3% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 5, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participant in panel discussion
Total Cost - $2,878.25

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - 2002 International Consumer Electronics Show/Panel
Total Cost - $1,529.00

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 9, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in two Congressional Panels and tour Technology Trade Show
Total Cost - $3,219.73

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - To attend the leadership and technology dinner in 2004 congressional panel on technology and telecom issues
Total Cost - $1,781.33

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 6, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participant on panel
Total Cost - $1,313.59

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $4,386.00

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
January 9, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $4,781.60

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $3,310.26

BLILEY, TOM - Republican Party
January 6, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $2,025.70

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Co-sponsor(s): Large Public Power Council
Purpose - leaders in technology program; seminar; demonstrations; briefing on latest achievements in technology and political issues that are related to technology sector
Total Cost - $2,111.88

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
January 7, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Large Public Power Council
Purpose - Learn about new technology at annual trade show, including Indian companies such as Thompson Consumer Electronics. Official part of trip was paid for by House Energy and Commerce Committee and is not reflected in the amounts below.
Total Cost - $2,296.00

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
January 7, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (9 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To attend the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES); to participate in the Leaders in Technology program providing a "hands on" opportunity to experience key technologies and discuss issues such as intellectual property, sales tax holidays, a
Total Cost - $5,493.64

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - consumer electronics product - education/IT speeches and panels
Total Cost - $1,615.31

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
January 7, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Tour Consumer Electronics Show, second largest technology trade show
Total Cost - $339.50

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 9, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $3,085.08

EHRLICH, ROBERT LEROY JR - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on a panel
Total Cost - $2,192.76

EHRLICH, ROBERT LEROY JR - Republican Party
January 5, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Total Cost - $1,680.33

EHRLICH, ROBERT LEROY JR - Republican Party
January 8, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at annual conference
Total Cost - $1,267.00

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
January 7, 2004 - January 12, 2004 (6 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - participate in 2004 International CES
Total Cost - $3,998.98

GILLMOR, PAUL E - Republican Party
January 9, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Consumer Electronic Show and Meetings
Total Cost - $1,565.42

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To participate in a consumer electronic association leaders in technology program
Total Cost - $4,047.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
January 7, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - consumer electronics show
Total Cost - $2,092.00

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - to see first-hand the strides made in the hi-tech arena
Total Cost - $1,520.00

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
January 9, 2003 - January 11, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend Consumer Electronics Show
Total Cost - $3,485.63

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - CEA Leaders in Technology Reception & Dinner and 2001 Int'l Consumer Electronic Show and Conference - member was one of the speakers
Total Cost - $1,572.72

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 11, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - attend the consumer electronics seminar
Total Cost - $1,179.42

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
January 6, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Co-sponsor(s): Large Public Power Council
Purpose - Fact-finding mission re: tax
Total Cost -

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
January 5, 2000 - January 11, 2000 (7 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Vail, CO
Purpose - Attend the 2000 International Consumer Electronics show
Total Cost - $1,849.47

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak on consumer education panel regarding HDTV advancements
Total Cost - $2,693.83

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - consumer electronics show, participate in panel discussion with other congressmen and senators
Total Cost - $941.50

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
January 6, 2001 - January 10, 2001 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak to group
Total Cost - $1,615.50

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
January 7, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking to industry executives
Total Cost - $891.50

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
January 6, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (3 days)
Billings, MT - Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking at 2001 International Consumer Electronics show; Montanans will be present.
Total Cost - $1,699.25

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
January 7, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel
Total Cost - $2,396.00

DORGAN, BYRON L - Democratic Party
January 7, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - panel participant
Total Cost - $1,840.00

DORGAN, BYRON L - Democratic Party
January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in the Consumer Electronics Show and meetings to discuss innovations in technology
Total Cost - $388.00

LEAHY, PATRICK - Democratic Party
January 8, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Panel discussion hosted by the consumer electronic association at the consumer electronic show.
Total Cost - $2,857.00

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend Consumer Electronics Leaders in Technology Trade Show.
Total Cost - $922.22

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - panelist on the consumer electronics association congressional panel
Total Cost - $1,346.72

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
January 9, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak at congressional panel at 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show
Total Cost - $1,308.61

CASE, EDWARD E - Democratic Party
January 5, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,829.93

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Attend 2005 CES and attend meetings
Total Cost - $1,571.62

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participation on a Congressional conference to discuss the legislative agenda for the upcoming Congress with a specific focus on key technology issues
Total Cost - $1,444.22

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To participate in panel on high tech issues for the 109th Congress and to learn about other high tech matters
Total Cost - $2,228.95

GILLMOR, PAUL E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Review new developments and meet with industry leaders regarding duties as member of telecommunications subcommittee
Total Cost - $2,083.62

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend the Consumer Electronics Show as a Leader in Technology guest
Total Cost - $678.22

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
January 5, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - 2005 International CES Technology Program
Total Cost - $2,111.14

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
January 7, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - 2004 International CES Technology Program
Total Cost - $2,223.44

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Attend the Consumer Electronics Show
Total Cost - $1,248.22

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
January 7, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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.