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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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Office of

Edward Whitfield


Total cost of 61 office trips: $179,406.02


Trips by Edward Whitfield
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $106,368.40

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,637.21
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER FOR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY FOR THEIR MEMBER CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2000
Expense: $2,536.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE - MTGS WITH ITALIAN GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $9,120.00
source

Destination: RETURN FROM PEABODY COAL MEETING IN KY-01 TO WASHINGTON FOR VOTES
Sponsor: Peabody Energy
Purpose: PEABODY COAL POWER PLANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Date: Feb 12, 2001
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE USTA CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,258.03
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO ENMBURG, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTENDED AND GAVE A SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT-SUBJECT OF SPEECH (KYOTO AND ENERGY ISSUES)
Date: Aug 8, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $11,357.16
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO LA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: DISCUSSION WITH ENTERTAINMENT, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY OFFICIALS REGARDING PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THESE INDUSTRIES AS IT IS IMPACT ON JOB CREATION
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,732.01
source

Destination: LONDON - DOHA - ROME
Sponsor: ISLAMIC INSTITUTE AND THE QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM DIALOGUE PARTICIPATED IN DISCUSSION ABOUT IMPACT OF WTO ON DOMESTIC COMMERCE
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $17,643.02
source

Destination: INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: ADDRESS THE INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,131.27
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 52ND ANNUAL CONVENTION OF NCTA AND MEET WITH TELECOM PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT THE 1ST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY AND DISCUSS WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING IN KY IN THE NEXT YEAR
Date: Jun 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $5,905.07
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ECLIPSE AWARDS REGARDING HORSE SLAUGHTER PROTECTION ACT
Date: Jan 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,761.26
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $9,255.51
source

Destination: PADUCAH, KY
Sponsor: AmerisourceBergen
Purpose: TOUR DISTRIBUTION FACILITY-FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 7, 2005
Expense: $965.50
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $20,132.90
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Purpose: ADDRESS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,121.42
source

Destination: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA TURKEY-NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: LED THE FIRST US TURKISH STUDY GROUP TO MEET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND PARLIAMENTARIANS IN TURKEY AND WAS THE FIRST DELEGATION FROM THE US TO FLY INTO NORTHERN CYPRUS
Date: May 28, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $11,458.04
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Edward Whitfield

Benjamin Beaton
Emily Chandler
Brent Dolen
Brett Hale
John Halliwell
Cory Hicks
Melissa Joiner
Erica Landrum
Karen Long
Jeff Miles
Michael Pape
Sandra Simpson
Lesley Stout
Jason Van Pelt



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.