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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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Transatlantic Policy Network in Kinclaven, Scotland - $193,928.91 spent on 35 trips
47.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.1% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 27, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (4 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Speech and participation in conference on current Internet policy issues in Congress
Total Cost - $1,660.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
November 30, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - Speech at parliamentary conference on creation of an international Internet issues agenda
Total Cost - $1,200.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
April 6, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (5 days)
Malaga, Spain
Purpose - Annual spring meeting - participated in sessions
Total Cost - $8,164.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - annual meeting, participate in meetings
Total Cost - $612.50

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
May 2, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (4 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Annual meeting (participates in meetings)
Total Cost - $612.50

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose - Speaking engagement - discussions of transatlantic policy issues
Total Cost - $13,238.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 21, 2003 (10 days)
Sotogrande, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - Transatlantic Policy Network Spring Meeting - panel participant
Total Cost - $5,769.62

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Sotogrande, Spain
Purpose - Participate in conference
Total Cost - $3,186.90

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose - TPN winter meeting and CELI study visit
Total Cost - $5,592.25

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
April 6, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (6 days)
Spain
Purpose - annual spring meeting to discuss trade, security and internet issues and US - EU partnership in current administration
Total Cost - $4,299.00

NETHERCUTT, GEORGE R - Republican Party
April 6, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (6 days)
Malaga, Spain
Purpose - Interparliamentary exchange
Total Cost - $7,096.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 17, 2003 - August 23, 2003 (7 days)
London, England - Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic conference, international exchange
Total Cost - $3,436.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Spain
Purpose - mid-year meeting
Total Cost - $3,954.18

SAWYER, THOMAS - Democratic Party
April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Participate in mid-year assessment
Total Cost - $1,890.00

SAWYER, THOMAS - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (5 days)
Sotogrande, Spain
Purpose - mid-year assessment
Total Cost - $8,262.60

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Paris, France - Malaga, Spain
Purpose - discuss transatlantic relations and promote transatlantic partner through member (of Congress) to Member (of European parliament) dialogue.
Total Cost -

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
April 6, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (7 days)
Spain
Purpose - speech and participate in conference
Total Cost - $4,298.00

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
May 3, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (1 days)
Tuscon, AZ
Purpose - To participate in a transatlantic Policy Network Conference
Total Cost - $592.50

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
April 13, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (3 days)
Spain
Purpose - TPN Spring meeting
Total Cost - $3,944.18

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Total Cost - $1,230.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (6 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic Conference/International Exchange
Total Cost - $4,595.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
December 1, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (5 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Transatlantic Conference/International Exchange
Total Cost - $11,769.17

CARDOZA, DENNIS - Democratic Party
November 29, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - To assess progress made on the 10-Point, 10-Year action plan in the TPN's "Strategy to Strengthen Transatlantic Partnership" and to set TPN's work priorities.
Total Cost - $13,265.13

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (7 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - TPN meetings involve direct discussions between Members of Congress and Members of the European Parliament on topics including intellectual property, WTO, elections, foreign affairs, energy, environmental issues, security issues & economics
Total Cost - $16,509.52

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (5 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Remarks/Panel with Members of Congress at the TPN meeting/conference
Total Cost - $12,597.77

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (6 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic conference /international exchange
Total Cost - $4,595.00

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
May 14, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (3 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - Spoke at TPN's spring meeting - discussion on strengthening partnership between the United States and the European Union
Total Cost - $1,864.38

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
May 14, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (3 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - Senator Bennett is the Chairman of this organization, so he attended, participated, and spoke as the keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,660.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
May 13, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (4 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - Participation in conference with European legislators
Total Cost - $2,088.37

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
May 15, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (2 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - TPN spring meeting - Task Force development session Congressman English is a co-chair of the Completing the Transatlantic Market
Total Cost - $1,567.09

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (6 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Meetings with members of the EU Parliament Exchange of ideas and economic summit with EU leaders
Total Cost - $16,396.97

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
November 28, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Paris, France
Purpose - Fact finding on trade relations with EU
Total Cost - $11,836.42

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
December 1, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (5 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Paris, France
Purpose - TPN Congressional visit to Paris & TPN Autumn Meeting in Brussels - Strategy to strengthen the Transatlantic Partnership & guest speaker at CIR -EPC (Center for international Relations) Seminar "The Use of Force-European & American Perspectives"
Total Cost - $2,369.17

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
November 28, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (7 days)
London, England - Paris, France - Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Senator Bennett is a Chairman of this organization, so he attended, participated, and spoke as the keynote speaker in a series of events
Total Cost - $8,276.26

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic meeting / international exchange
Total Cost - $4,500.43

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.