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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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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway - $85,629.14 spent on 22 trips
44.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
55.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,778.23

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Fort Worth, TX
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,516.75

BORSKI, ROBERT A - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $7,080.00

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA
Purpose - learn about the challenges facing railroad industry and participated in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $1,570.83

CLEMENT, BOB - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $5,412.14

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM
Purpose - fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,734.60

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Total Cost - $3,735.88

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Total Cost - $2,704.00

HOLDEN, TIM - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR legislative conference.
Total Cost - $6,150.56

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,132.36

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,550.64

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $6,673.98

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - fact finding and conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,113.21

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - BNSF Fact-finding Trip
Total Cost - $8,106.08

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solana Beach, CA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,596.45

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Moran, WY
Purpose - to inspect Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad operations
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Total Cost - $3,878.00

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $631.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA - Whitefish, MT
Purpose - Fact finding trip to see inter-modal facilities in Seattle and meet with port officials; to see a train remote control yard along the main line
Total Cost - $4,423.85

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional fact finding train trip
Total Cost - $4,411.60

LEWIS, JERRY - Republican Party
August 17, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA - San Bernardino, CA
Purpose - Helicopter tour of rail and port facilities
Total Cost - $3,955.22

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.