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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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Islamic Free Institute - $322,943.08 spent on 25 trips
34.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
65.9% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Lebanon
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Total Cost - $280.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Total Cost - $18,000.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - fact-finding and educational mission
Total Cost - $8,900.51

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Total Cost - $9,325.04

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Doha, Qatar - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Speech and participating in conference on free trade
Total Cost - $12,497.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Third Annual Qatar-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $8,724.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $19,500.00

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Qatar
Purpose - Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets & Democracy, Doha Qatar
Total Cost - $15,800.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $8,267.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (11 days)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Doha, Qatar - Lebanon - Cairo, Egypt
Purpose - speak at the Qatari American conference and fact finding
Total Cost - $9,140.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $6,229.74

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Qatar
Purpose - second annual Qatari-American conference on free markets and democracy
Total Cost - $18,870.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (12 days)
Doha, Qatar - Vienna, Austria
Purpose - Attend conference with Codel
Total Cost - $19,797.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
April 2, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (8 days)
Qatar - Bahrain - United Arab Emirates
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $19,800.76

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $8,540.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 4, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar - Bahrain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - speak at conference in Doha and investigate money laundering in the Middle East
Total Cost - $18,097.68

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (6 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar
Purpose - to speak at the Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $9,000.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
United Arab Emirates - Qatar - Lebanon
Purpose - congressional fact finding
Total Cost - $10,480.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $16,480.00

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Total Cost - $17,643.02

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $20,132.90

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
March 26, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend Fifth Annual Forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $8,854.70

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad
Purpose - Doha (Attend conference on Free Trade and Democracy) Chad (Visit refugee camps; humanitarian fact-finding)
Total Cost - $10,142.43

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding, attend annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha
Total Cost - $18,137.00

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $10,303.50

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.