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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

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  • 08.28.14

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  • 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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Doug Bereuter


Total cost of 27 office trips: $142,056.89


Trips by Doug Bereuter
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $77,005.14

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS.
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,683.25
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,629.40
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,787.60
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,881.00
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,769.40
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $542.75
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM.
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,033.56
source

Destination: LANAI, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $8,958.78
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM.
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $9,949.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-HONOLULU, HAWAII-OMAHA, NE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,875.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Doug Bereuter

Jodi Detwiler
Alan Feyerherm
Kyle Gilster
Carol Lawrence
Laura Marks
Alicia O'donnell
Susan Olson
Jon Peterson
Jodi Smith
Michelle Spence



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.