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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.

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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.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

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Office of

Rob Bishop


Total cost of 10 office trips: $46,490.80


Trips by Rob Bishop
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $43,064.71

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; HEIDELBERG
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 20TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDES TAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,646.40
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL, MN
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: MEETING OF THE CONGRESSIONAL STUDY GROUP ON GERMANY, A PARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE PROGRAM BETWEEN U.S. CONGRESSIONAL AND GERMAN GOVERNMENT LEADERS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,401.30
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: MEETING OF THE CONGRESS BUNDESTAG FORUM, A PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG AND THE U.S. CONGRESS TO IMPROVE DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,175.55
source

Destination: BALTIMORE MARRIOT
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: ARRIVED IN BERLIN, GERMANY ON THE 19TH, DAY TRIP TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM ON THE 22ND; STAYED IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY FROM THE 23RD-24TH
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG, GERMAN GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND EU AND NATO OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES IN THE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP.
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,960.10
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY - ELMAU, GERMANY
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: TO IMPROVE DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG AND THE U.S. CONGRESS AND TO GAIN ADDITIONAL INSIGHT INTO GERMAN POLITICS AND POLICY
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $15,982.24
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $13,016.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rob Bishop

Justin Harding



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.