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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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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Harold Rogers


Total cost of 66 office trips: $233,879.81


Trips by Harold Rogers
Total cost of congressperson's 29 trips: $160,516.04

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,872.00
source

Destination: KAUAI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,725.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION AT NATL. ASSOC. OF BROADCASTERS 2000 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $7,897.60
source

Destination: TZANEEN, SOUTH AFRICA-JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
Sponsor: WILD Foundation
Purpose: TO CONDUCT MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT, OF SOUTH AFRICA AND NAMIBIA RELATED TO U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS, TRADE RELATIONS AND CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES
Date: Jul 1, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $15,474.48
source

Destination: MAUI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 2001 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,415.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,675.50
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY-LAS VEGAS, NEVADA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS 2001 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $9,361.74
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN-DALLAS, TX-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Purpose: INSPECT TRANSIT AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION RELATED PROJECTS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,409.24
source

Destination: SOMERSET, KY.-CASPER, WY.-CODY, WY.-MORAN, WY.
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: TO INSPECT BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILROAD OPERATIONS
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,736.88
source

Destination: MORAN, WY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ATTEND THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,420.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA/KONA, HAWAII/NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $15,998.50
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,635.00
source

Destination: AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,066.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Greater Orlando Airport Authority
Purpose: TO VIEW AND ACCESS THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF THE ORLANDO AREA
Date: May 28, 2002
Expense: $276.54
source

Destination: KAMUALA, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTENDED THE ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS PERTAINING TO THE HEALTH OF THE AVIATION INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $828.32
source

Destination: WALLAND, TN
Sponsor: PRSM CORPORATION
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF HOMELAND SECURITY PRODUCTS AND CAPABILITIES
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,006.94
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA-SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE COVERING AVIATION SECURITY AND TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,635.84
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-SHANNON, IRELAND-LONDON ENGLAND
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR FOCUSING ON DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL ISSUES FACING THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,205.92
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND-CINCINNATI, OHIO
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND GREAT BRITAIN
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,536.86
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY/LIHUE, HAWAII/SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 2004 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $9,634.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA/WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,218.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE COVERING AVIATION SECURITY & TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,946.66
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY/BOISE, IDAHO/SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: SECURIMETRICS INC
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF HOMELAND SECURITY PRODUCTS AND CAPABILITIES
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,160.80
source

Destination: KONA, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN 2005 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $12,636.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC/ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $4,112.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC/WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: SEMINAR WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, INCLUDING TAX REFORM, TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY POLICY
Date: May 27, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,869.22
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY/DUBLIN, IRELAND/WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN THE 2005 INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SECURITY CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $12,383.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN AVIATION SECURITY CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,218.00
source

Destination: BOISE, IDAHO/HAMILTON, MONTANA/SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: SECURIMETRICS INC
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF HOMELAND SECURITY PRODUCTS AND CAPABILITIES
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $4,160.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Harold Rogers

Shannon Boles
Leslie Cupp
Victoria Ewing
Kevin Fromer
Michael Higdon
Roger Libby
Sarah Paff
William Smith



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.