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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.

Back to all reports

National Assn of Broadcasters - $150,956.09 spent on 41 trips
27.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
72.3% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 21, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participated in panel discussion
Total Cost - $5,101.83

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 17, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in a SHIVA roundtable
Total Cost - $2,604.79

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement as a member of a Congressional panel
Total Cost - $5,963.10

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 21, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech to annual convention of television digital transition matters.
Total Cost - $1,761.00

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - public policy conference
Total Cost - $3,414.72

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
January 13, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (2 days)
Carlsbad, CA
Purpose - To address Board of Directors Winter Meeting in Carlsbad
Total Cost - $5,753.91

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 20, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at convention and meet w/ association members
Total Cost - $3,750.04

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participation in National Association of Broadcasters 2003 Convention
Total Cost - $6,655.30

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Participate in National Association of Broadcasters radio show
Total Cost - $876.23

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
April 8, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $4,080.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 5, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Serve on a congressional panel
Total Cost - $4,072.84

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaker at National Association of Broadcasters Congressional Breakfast
Total Cost - $6,945.19

HARMAN, JANE - Democratic Party
April 22, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement at conference.
Total Cost - $321.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak at annual meeting - energy and commerce issues
Total Cost - $1,054.63

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in panel discussion at Natl. Association of Broadcasters 2000 convention
Total Cost - $7,082.85

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
April 20, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on legislative panel at the National Association of Broadcasters 2001 Convention
Total Cost - $9,361.74

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - convention participation and roundtable discussion
Total Cost - $1,882.61

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 5, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - to speak at conference of broadcasters
Total Cost - $8,401.22

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at national association of broadcasters - meet with Wisconsin broadcasters - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on broadcasting, the internet, mulitmedia technology and hardware
Total Cost - $5,815.25

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
January 7, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (4 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,264.76

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,303.22

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Served on a panel
Total Cost - $4,329.25

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - conference (relating to subcommittee)
Total Cost - $2,085.80

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Educational; speaker on legislative update panel
Total Cost - $1,498.20

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 4, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - participate in congressional panel
Total Cost - $3,291.25

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Portland, OR
Purpose - official speaking engagement and congressional panel participation at National Association of Broadcasters Convention
Total Cost - $2,537.72

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - NAB conference; participate in congressional panel
Total Cost - $2,702.14

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 9, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,236.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking on panel
Total Cost - $2,519.50

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 6, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $4,109.97

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel with Montanans present
Total Cost - $2,820.65

WYDEN, RONALD LEE - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speech to NAB congressional breakfast
Total Cost - $3,933.63

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
April 6, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - national association of broadcasters annual convention congressional panelist
Total Cost - $3,019.75

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To speak on a panel regarding telecommunications issues. - 1000 people
Total Cost - $1,353.44

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak w/ executives at NAB, meet w/ broadcasters, attend educational sessions new exhibits on broadcasting, internet, multimedia technology and hardware
Total Cost - $4,816.31

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,436.60

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on a panel at the Congressional breakfast at the National Association of Broadcasters
Total Cost - $4,984.49

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - NAB conference; participate in Congressional panel
Total Cost - $1,873.05

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel. Montanans will be present
Total Cost - $3,240.85

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To participate in the National Association of Broadcaster's Annual Convention
Total Cost - $2,367.70

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 16, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Total Cost - $5,333.56

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.