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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.

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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Office of

Mark Foley


Total cost of 51 office trips: $91,206.94


Trips by Mark Foley
Total cost of congressperson's 25 trips: $51,650.46

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES IN NATIONAL/STATE GOVT'S IN INDIA
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,010.86
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Entertainment Industry Development Corporation
Purpose: PUBLIC FORUM ON RUNAWAY PRODUCTION
Date: Jan 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $940.00
source

Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: WORKSHOP/CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATION SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,650.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: WORKING WITH THE MEDIA RETREAT
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $334.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: American Resort Development Association
Purpose: SPEECH-TRUSTEES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.69
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FINANCIAL INVESTMENT ADVISORS
Purpose: TRANSPORTATION FROM WEST PALM BEACH TO ORLANDO, FL
Date: Sep 10, 2000
Expense: $405.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: MEET W/ BUSINESS & GOVT LEADERS TO DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY AFFECTING US & ITALY
Date: Nov 23, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $5,435.00
source

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES IN NATIONAL/STATE GOVT'S IN INDIA
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,010.86
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: United Distillers and Vintners North America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: BRIEFINGS & TOURS W/ SONY, WARNER, UNIVERSAL RECORD LABELS
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONFERENCE/SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,824.00
source

Destination: SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,493.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT - NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $721.17
source

Destination: SAN FRAN & LA, CALIF.
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: REVIEWING HIGH TECH INDUSTRIES
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,264.69
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,970.35
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FINANCE CONVENTION
Date: Jan 31, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,406.77
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: American College of Radiation Oncology
Purpose: SPEAKING TO ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $530.74
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,643.64
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,186.22
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL - NEW ORLEANS, LA - WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: SALEM LAW GROUP, ALLERGAN, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF OPTHOMOLOGY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $647.30
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 4, 2004
Expense: $428.71
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL - NAPLES, FL - WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $550.58
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: FLUSA & PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,691.95
source

Destination: SCOTTDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CONGRESS CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,071.00
source

Destination: FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD POLICY CONFERENCE-SPEAKING PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,669.93
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mark Foley

Parker Altman
Lisa Barkovic
Ramona Bean
Walter Ditto
Thomas Donhauser
Tod Donhauser
Michele Famiglietti
Kirk Fordham
Amy Freeman
John Hildreth
John Mac
Steve Martino
Elizabeth Nicolson



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.