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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.
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    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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Office of

Bob Barr


Total cost of 39 office trips: $60,510.99


Trips by Bob Barr
Total cost of congressperson's 30 trips: $53,398.58

Destination: SEA ISLAND, GA
Sponsor: Awakening Atlanta Ga
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $950.94
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $674.60
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BD. MTG./SPEECH
Date: Jan 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $959.51
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE
Sponsor: SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 22, 2000
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSN
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: INTERVIEW
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $428.60
source

Destination: ABESCON, NJ
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $768.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 24, 2000
Expense: $615.00
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SC
Sponsor: Georgia Credit Union Affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 13, 2000
Expense: $358.40
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Citizens United
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,518.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,839.50
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, VA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $542.10
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: HARVARD-BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 13, 2001
Expense: $554.65
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NORTH CAROLINA BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 27, 2001
Expense: $784.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY AND FAIRBANKS REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY
Purpose: SPEECHES
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,022.00
source

Destination: SPCH. RICHMOND LAW SCHOOL FEDERALIST SOCIETY, RICHMOND
Sponsor: Federalist Society
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 2, 2001
Expense: $101.00
source

Destination: DXB-DOH
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING/SPEECH
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $18,000.00
source

Destination: LEBANON
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2001
Expense: $280.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL GOP
Purpose:
Date: Apr 24, 2001
Expense: $97.90
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $8,676.63
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $839.14
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,859.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: POLITICALLY INCORRECT & WEDNESDAY MORNING GROUP
Purpose: INTERVIEW & SPEECH
Date: Sep 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $692.18
source

Destination: LONG ISLAND
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 30, 2001
Expense: $2,100.82
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: SEMINOLE COUNTY FLORIDA REPUBLICAN PARTY
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,264.61
source

Destination: HAMPTON, GA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 18, 2001
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: DCA
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 12, 2002
Expense: $1,173.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Rifle Association
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,282.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Barr

Keri Allin
Jonathan Blyth
Sarah Dumont
Christopher Guith
Shannon Murray



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.