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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

Dan Burton


Total cost of 79 office trips: $184,971.00


Trips by Dan Burton
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $30,596.50

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,555.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Diversified Collection Services Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND TOUR OF FACILITY
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,165.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR AUTISM
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Apr 9, 2000
Expense: $337.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CONVENTION
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,079.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Oct 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $7,460.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: OFFICIAL VISIT W/ PRES./AM. INSTITUTE & GOVERNMENT BUSINESS LEADER.
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (12 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Oct 19, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,750.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dan Burton

Heather Bailey
Kevin Binger
David Burian
J Vincent Chase
Jonathan Dilley
Garry Ewing
Brian Fauls
Dan Getz
Lawrence Halloran
Barbara Kahlow
Randall Kaplan
Caroline Katzin
Claudia Keller
Connie Lausten
Marlo Lewis
Toni Lightle
Kevin Long
Gloria Markus
Diane Menorca
Daniel Moll
Bill O'neill
R Nicholas Palarino
Kimberly Reed
George Rogers
Stephen Schatz
Dan Skopec
Brenda Summers
Robert Taub
Mary Udovich
Mary Valentino
Mark Walker
William Waller
Nathaniel Wienecke
Corinne Zaccagnini



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.