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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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American Association of Airport Executives - $297,802.83 spent on 45 trips
24.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
75.9% spent on Republican Party

CALLAHAN, HERBERT L - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (7 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - participant in 2002 aviation issues conference
Total Cost - $8,798.28

DEFAZIO, PETER A - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (6 days)
Maui, HI
Purpose - Aviation Issues conference, discussion with industry
Total Cost - $4,257.00

DEFAZIO, PETER A - Democratic Party
January 6, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (5 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - discussion of current aviation issues
Total Cost - $6,319.32

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - speak at national conference on transportation security issues in Kona
Total Cost - $5,967.28

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
February 18, 2000 - February 23, 2000 (6 days)
Kauai, HI
Purpose - legislative conference/panel discussion
Total Cost - $4,330.00

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (7 days)
HI
Purpose - Participation in panel discussions and meetings
Total Cost - $8,286.70

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (6 days)
Maui, HI
Purpose - Participation in aviation panels.
Total Cost - $5,630.00

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
January 5, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (7 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - legislative conference/participation in panel discussion
Total Cost - $7,213.68

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Kamuala, HI
Purpose - Participation in panel discussions and meetings
Total Cost - $685.75

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
January 7, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (7 days)
Koloa, HI
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $13,531.60

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
January 10, 2003 - January 11, 2003 (2 days)
Kamuala, HI
Purpose - Attended the annual Aviation Issues Conference, participated in panel discussions pertaining to the health of the aviation industry.
Total Cost - $828.32

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
February 21, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (7 days)
HI
Purpose - 2000 Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 7, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (5 days)
Honolulu, HI
Purpose - panel member at conference
Total Cost - $4,928.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
April 20, 2000 - April 24, 2000 (5 days)
HI
Purpose - Discuss airport issue - AIR21; appropriations
Total Cost - $4,200.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 7, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (5 days)
Maui, HI
Purpose - Participate on panel and attend panels on airplane industry and airport facilities, issues
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January 6, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - aviation issues conference
Total Cost - $15,149.00

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February 20, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (6 days)
Kauai, HI
Purpose - Participate in aviation issues conference
Total Cost - $4,725.00

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
January 7, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (8 days)
Maui, HI
Purpose - participate in 2001 aviation issues conference
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January 6, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (8 days)
Palm Springs, CA - Kona, HI
Purpose - aviation issues conference
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January 10, 2003 - January 11, 2003 (2 days)
Kamuala, HI
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Total Cost - $828.32

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San Diego, CA - San Francisco, CA
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Total Cost - $1,635.84

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January 9, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (8 days)
Lihue, HI - San Diego, CA
Purpose - participate in 2004 Aviation Issues Conference
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January 3, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (8 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - aviation issues conference
Total Cost - $7,808.00

SABO, MARTIN OLAV - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Kailua, HI - Kona, HI
Purpose - 2003 Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $647.08

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (8 days)
Kauai, HI
Purpose - aviation industry conference
Total Cost - $14,102.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
HI
Purpose - aviation issues conference
Total Cost - $5,375.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 7, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (7 days)
HI
Purpose - Aviation Issues conference
Total Cost - $6,025.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - aviation issues conference
Total Cost - $15,702.84

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January 6, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (3 days)
Maui, HI
Purpose - To participate in the 2001 Aviation Issues conference
Total Cost - $5,311.96

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Kauai, HI
Purpose - Aviation issues conference in Hawaii. Panel discussions and debates
Total Cost - $4,657.86

MURRAY, PATTY - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - Speaking engagement at AAAE conference. Seattle, WA - Kona, HI
Total Cost -

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
January 8, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - Participating in Panel Discussions and Meetings
Total Cost - $7,590.00

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
August 1, 2004 - August 5, 2004 (5 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Legislative conference covering aviation security and transportation issues
Total Cost - $2,946.66

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - 19th Annual Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $9,811.22

SABO, MARTIN OLAV - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - 2005 Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $3,943.80

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
January 8, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (8 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - Participated in 2005 Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $12,636.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - Participate on a panel; meet with FAA
Total Cost - $6,227.00

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - Attend and participate in the AAAE Conference
Total Cost - $12,239.02

OLVER, JOHN W - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - 2005 Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $5,881.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
January 10, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (5 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - To address conference
Total Cost - $6,028.74

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
January 8, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (4 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - Participate in Annual Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $1,523.11

OLVER, JOHN W - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Kona, HI
Purpose - 2005 Aviation Issues Conference
Total Cost - $6,329.00

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Lihue, HI - Kauai, HI
Purpose - Attend 2004 Aviation Issues conference
Total Cost - $12,850.75

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July 5, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (6 days)
Dublin, Ireland
Purpose -
Total Cost - $12,383.20

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July 30, 2005 - August 1, 2005 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Participation in Aviation Security Conference
Total Cost - $2,218.00

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.