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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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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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Office of

John Breaux


Total cost of 141 office trips: $295,670.36


Trips by John Breaux
Total cost of congressperson's 59 trips: $156,761.87

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: LOUISIANA FUR AND ALLIGATOR ADVISORY COUNCIL/PAN AMERICAN LEATHER FAIR
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE LA FUR AND ALLIGATOR ADVISORY COUNCIL AT THE MIAMI CONVENTION CENTER
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,033.41
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Healthsouth Corporation
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEECH AT THE WARBURG DILLON READ HEALTHCARE SERVICES CONFERENCES
Date: Feb 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,270.99
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO DELIVER SPEECH TO THE 49TH ANNUAL CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OF THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ASSOCIATION
Date: May 8, 2000
Expense: $1,477.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE TENNESSEE GAS PIPELINE 2000 SHIPPER MEETING AT AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION
Date: May 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,075.58
source

Destination: DANA POINT, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Goldman Sachs Group
Purpose: TO DELIVER A KEYNOTE SPEECH TO GOLDMAN SACHS TWENTY FIRST ANNUAL HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $8,379.72
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Sponsor: Eli Lilly and Co
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH TO ELI LILLY'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 28, 2000
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK & GROTON, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: TO MEET WITH PFIZER EXECUTIVES AND TOUR THE PFIZER GLOBAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,400.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL DISCUSSION TITLED, "FALL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS"
Date: Sep 2, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $824.00
source

Destination: WESTFIELD, NJ
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: TO SPEAK ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATIVE ISSUES/ADDRESSING A GROUP OF EXECUTIVES AT THE CONNELL COMPANY
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,050.00
source

Destination: BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: Shaw Group
Purpose: TO MAKE OPENING REMARKS AND SERVE AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES AT THE SHAW GROUP/ENTERGY FORMATION CEREMONY
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,180.00
source

Destination: INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fay Improvement Company
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION/POST ELECTION CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,686.51
source

Destination: LONG BOAT KEY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Health and Life Organization
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,497.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Government of Puerto Rico
Purpose: INAUGURATION CEREMONIES FOR GOVERNOR FOX OF PUERTO RICO
Date: Dec 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,622.00
source

Destination: ADVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKER AT JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AND PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,012.75
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Soap & Detergent Association
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,200.82
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA'S 5TH ANNUAL WILDCATTER'S BALL, AWARD RECEIPIENT AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Feb 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,906.58
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER TO GROUP OF CEO'S REPRESENTING AMERICA'S PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES
Date: Mar 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,606.00
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD RESORT IN HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: TEACHERS INSURANCE AND ANNUITY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER TO SENIOR TAX PROFESSIONALS AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $659.75
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA / BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND BARKSDALE AIR SHOW AND TOUR FACILITY
Date: Apr 21, 2001
Expense: $1,004.75
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,578.62
source

Destination: LEWISBURG, WEST VIRGINIA/THE GREENBRIAR
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATED AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESSIONAL PANEL FOR A DISCUSSION OF CRITICAL PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,523.09
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Public Gas Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,328.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING TO GROUP OF PFIZER EXECUTIVES/PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,929.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: ADDRESS A GROUP OF CONNELL GROUP EXECUTIVES ON A VARIETY OF POLITICAL ISSUES
Date: Sep 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,184.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Seniors Housing Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING OF AMERICAN SENIOR HOUSING ASSO.
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,941.50
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,824.82
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SERVE ON PANEL AT SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,070.66
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Tax Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 2002 SPRING LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE RE: TAX ISSUES/PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,977.02
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: PHRMA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,600.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION: "WHAT CONGRESS MUST ACCOMPLISH BEFORE ADJOURNING FOR THE FALL ELECTIONS"
Date: May 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,077.20
source

Destination: HYATT REGENCY RESORT AND SPA, BERNALILLO, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 19TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 3, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,957.16
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: SPEAK TO A GROUP OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES
Date: Aug 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,433.72
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN SEMINAR SERIES ON THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Sep 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,677.00
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: MEALS ON WHEELS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Purpose: ATTEND NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND RECEIVE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON AGING ISSUES
Date: Sep 13, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $404.72
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Business-Government Relations Council
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE BUSINESS-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,035.00
source

Destination: CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO
Sponsor: Mexico Pacific Basin Economic Council
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE ASIA-PACIFIC BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL (ABAC) MEETING IN LOS CABOS
Date: Oct 21, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,486.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL/INDUSTRY WORKSHOP WITH LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,410.50
source

Destination: PGA NATIONAL RESORT AND SPA, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ITCA'S WINTER CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Dec 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,844.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AND ADDRESS AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,717.50
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AND SPEAK AT THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,855.95
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TO ADDRESS A GROUP OF CEOS REPRESENTING AMERICA'S PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AT PHRMA'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,101.71
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Wyeth
Purpose: TO ADDRESS A GROUP OF CEO'S REPRESENTING AMERICA'S PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AT PHRMA'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,622.60
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT CONCERNING "STIMULATING THE U.S. ECONOMY TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL ARENA"
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,299.50
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK WITH GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,494.45
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH TO ELDER LAW ATTORNEY'S
Date: May 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,125.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH TO PANEL "WHAT ARE THE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE BALANCE OF THE YEAR AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF ACCOMPLISHING THESE PRIORITIES"
Date: May 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,284.37
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: MADISON PERFORMANCE GROUP
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MADISON PERF. GROUP EXECUTIVES
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,994.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO DC
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: MEET WITH PFIZER EXECUTIVES
Date: Aug 31, 2003
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONNELL COMPANY
Date: Sep 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,516.44
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION REGARDING THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,355.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Campbell-Crane & Associates
Purpose: SPEAKER AT INVEST TO COMPETE ALLIANCE SEMINAR
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,697.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL / TURNBERRY CLUB AND RESORT
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,818.53
source

Destination: WELLINGTON, FL
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE MEDICAL CENTERS GOALS AND CONCERNS REGARDING SENATES NEW HEALTH CARE INCENTIVES
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,515.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO BOARD MEMBERS ON KEY ISSUES
Date: Apr 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,288.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO CEO'S OF NASDAQ AND OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON TODAY'S KEY POLICY ISSUES
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $274.70
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER RESORT, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION REGARDING THE PRIORITIES OF THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: May 29, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,625.36
source

Destination: NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN RETREAT FOR DEMOCRATIC SENATORS
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,959.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: TO ADDRESS SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF PFIZER AT THEIR MONTLY BOARD MEETING. ATTENDED LUNCHEON AND DINNER MEETINGS
Date: Sep 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,717.71
source

Destination: NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: ATTENDED LUNCHEON TO ADDRESS SENIOR EXECUTIVES
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,466.13
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Breaux

Emily Bacque
Diana Bostic
John Broussard
Elaine Dalpiaz
Janet Forlini
Lauren Fuller
Callie Fuselier
Fred Hatfield
Rebecca Hawes
Paige Jennings
Stephanie Leger
Patrick Mcconnell
Mallory Moore
C Scott Payne
Scott Privat
Mary Pugh
Thomas Screen
Lindsay Spiller
Phil Thevenet
Sara Traigle
Andrew Vermilye
Sarah Walter
Noelie Zeringue



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.