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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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

Jim Kolbe


Total cost of 46 office trips: $143,341.30


Trips by Jim Kolbe
Total cost of congressperson's 31 trips: $91,698.78

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Dec 28, 1999 (5 days)
Expense: $1,272.60
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Destination: GREENSBORO, NC
Sponsor: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $307.40
source

Destination: TORONTO, CANADA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: RETURN TO WASHINGTON FOR MEDIA APPEARANCE
Date: Aug 5, 2000
Expense: $455.04
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: National Parks & Conservation Association
Purpose: NATIONAL PARKS SITE VISITS
Date: Aug 9, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $2,046.29
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ - DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL - CANCUN, MEXICO - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: FORUM MEETINGS
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,465.00
source

Destination: DC - SANTA FE, NM - TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Council of State Governments
Purpose: 2 SPEECHES
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $776.62
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Purpose: BOARD OF TRUSTEES RETREAT
Date: Jun 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $715.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.24
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: American Australian Education Leadership Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $4,717.60
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS
Date: Dec 28, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,855.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,833.50
source

Destination: AUCKLAND, NZ
Sponsor: United States - New Zealand Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BI-LATERAL MEETING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $9,263.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: FORUM PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,004.22
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA-HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Inter-American Dialogue
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Feb 27, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,640.00
source

Destination: DC-SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,186.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-HELSINKI, FINLAND-TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLITICAL ISLAM CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,420.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BOSTON, MA-TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKING TO SEVERAL STUDY GROUPS
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,224.75
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM MEETINGS AS PART OF CODEL PORTMAN.
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $864.01
source

Destination: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: ELECTION MONITORING
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,735.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BARCELONA, SPAIN-LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG-TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,627.40
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,762.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE SESSIONS.
Date: Dec 28, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,889.20
source

Destination: TUCZON, AZ - JACKSONVILLE, FL - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Leaders Project
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE "THE US AND THE MUSLIM WORLD: THROUGH EACH OTHERS EYES"
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $803.30
source

Destination: TUCZON, AZ-BOSTON, MA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN FORUM AND TEACH CLASSES
Date: Mar 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,288.47
source

Destination: TUCZON, AZ-SHANGHAI, CHINA-NANJING, CHINA-XIAN, CHINA-BEIJING, CHINA-NAGOYA, JAPAN- WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE (CHINA), GERMAN MARSHALL FUND (JAPAN)
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS CONFERENCE (CHINA), TO PARTICIPATE IN TRADE & POVERTY FORUM (JAPAN)
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $11,852.95
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: MINNEAPOLIS FOUNDATION & HUMPHREY INSTITUTE POLICY FORUM
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2 PUBLIC POLICY FORUMS.
Date: Apr 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,030.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE WITH EUROPEAN LEGISLATORS
Date: May 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,088.37
source

Destination: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: Australian American Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE MEETINGS
Date: Aug 13, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $5,185.82
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK-TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: William Jefferson Clinton Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TRADE PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Sep 16, 2005
Expense: $1,562.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Kolbe

Patrick Baugh
Everett Eissenstat
Omar Khawaja
Patricia Klein
Frances Mcnaught
Kevin Messner
Sean Mulvaney
Petra Maria Quiroga



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.