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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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CSX Corporation - $55,969.52 spent on 30 trips
46.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.4% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Panel
Total Cost - $2,432.74

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participated in congressional panel - CSX Challenge, business and congressional panel annual meeting.
Total Cost - $3,158.95

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - remarks, congressional panel for the CSX challenge (annual meeting)
Total Cost - $3,294.40

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Remarks on Congressional panel for CSX board members at CSX Corporation Board meeting
Total Cost - $1,689.80

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,615.70

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at conference
Total Cost - $1,066.36

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 27, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $405.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in CSX business challenge
Total Cost - $617.60

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in CSX Challenge Panel Discussion
Total Cost - $1,040.30

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in a panel on The Fall Legislative Agenda
Total Cost - $912.66

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - CSX business panel - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $323.65

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,615.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address the CSX Challenge Conference
Total Cost - $2,284.37

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address the CSX Challenge Conference
Total Cost - $2,645.58

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in Congressional Panel Discussion titled, "Fall Legislative Agenda and how it affects the November elections."
Total Cost - $1,244.44

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
Lewisburg, WV
Purpose - participated as a member of congressional panel for a discussion of critical public policy issues
Total Cost - $2,523.09

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Panel Discussion
Total Cost - $1,077.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - gave speech to panel "what are the legislative priorities for the balance of the year and the likelihood of accomplishing these priorities"
Total Cost - $2,284.37

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - to participate in panel discussion regarding the priorities of the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $3,625.36

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Co-sponsor(s): BP, Business Government Relations Council
Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Total Cost - $974.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - to address CSX's annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,660.44

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address CSX's annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,647.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
May 24, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $723.54

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Legislative conference
Total Cost - $3,010.47

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement as part of
Total Cost - $1,247.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional panel participant
Total Cost - $3,072.47

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
May 27, 2005 - May 31, 2005 (5 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Seminar with congressional leaders, covering a wide range of legislative issues, including tax reform, transportation and energy policy
Total Cost - $1,869.22

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech - CSX Business Challenge Session
Total Cost - $1,342.94

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participation in panel discussions
Total Cost - $2,080.57

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in congressional panel discussions on the rail industry and proposed legislative activity
Total Cost - $2,484.70

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.