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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 huge 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 huge 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

Darrell Issa


Total cost of 68 office trips: $191,420.93


Trips by Darrell Issa
Total cost of congressperson's 19 trips: $89,909.42

Destination: PHILIPPINES-KUWAIT
Sponsor: PHILIPPINES UNITED AGAINST CRIME/KUWAIT FOTN
Purpose: RESEARCH
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $13,741.62
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,352.00
source

Destination: BEIRUT
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: TO PROMOTE SUPPORT FOR THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Date: Oct 5, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $10,892.42
source

Destination: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE STRIDES MADE IN THE HI-TECH ARENA
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,520.00
source

Destination: BURLINGAME, CA
Sponsor: LEBANESE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,576.89
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT BANQUET
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,738.09
source

Destination: CAIRO - CODEL
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION & KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: May 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $8,300.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,485.63
source

Destination: LUXOR
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: ADDRESS THE THIRD IT AND TELECOM CONFERENCE IN THE ARAB WORLD. FOR THE PAST TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, CONG. ISSA HAS BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND AND ADDRESS THIS REGIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE FORUM
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $460.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Swiss Foundation for World Affairs
Purpose: SIGNING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIAN PEACE INITIATIVE
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $7,778.85
source

Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,282.74
source

Destination: PHOENIX-LAS VEGAS-SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,248.22
source

Destination: LIBYA, TUNISIA
Sponsor: Libya
Purpose: RECIPIENT WAS MEMBER OF CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISITING LIBYA AS A GUEST OF THE LIBYAN PARLIAMENT
Date: Jan 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $144.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK-JFK/DAMASCUS/CAIRO/WASHINGTON-IAL
Sponsor: EGYPT'S INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM (THE FORUM) AND AMERICAN TASK FORCE FOR LEBANON
Purpose: ADDRESS IT AND TELECOM CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE FORUM AND MEETINGS WITH SYRIAN GOVERNM
Date: Sep 2, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $11,540.68
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AS A LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY GUEST
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $678.22
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,633.06
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN-BEIRUT, LEBANON-DOHA, QATAR-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: AMERICAN TASK FORCE FOR LEBANON (ATFL), ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE, QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: FACT FINDING, ATTEND ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $18,137.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: TO ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON FREE TRADE AND DEMOCRACY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Darrell Issa

Mark Anderson
Paige Anderson
H Susan Augustyn
Sharon Boyl
Josh Brown
Stephen Cima
Laurent Crenshaw
Frederick Hill
Jennifer Johnson
Dale Neugebauer
Jason Scism
David Tebbe
Sandra Wagner



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 huge 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.