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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.

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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Richard Burr


Total cost of 32 office trips: $76,965.34


Trips by Richard Burr
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $45,871.40

Destination: WILMINGTON, NC
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING AND TOUR
Date: Jan 5, 2000
Expense: $828.50
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL VIA JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND COMMERCE ISSUES
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,153.96
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, NV
Sponsor: UNIVERSAL CORPORATIONS, TOBACCO ASSO. OF US, LED TOBACCO EXPORTERS ASSO
Purpose: ADDRESS TO TOBACCO ASSO. AND ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
Date: May 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,934.12
source

Destination: MARSEILLES, FRANCE & PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $18,413.80
source

Destination: WINSTON-SALEM, NC TO AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,469.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,414.72
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN & SEVILLE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING; TOUR OF EUROPEAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $16,907.30
source

Destination: RULEISH, NC
Sponsor: TOBACCO GRONERS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH CAROLINA, INC.
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $750.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Burr

Alicia Clark
Jennifer Hansen
Peter Hars
Amelia Meli
Kimrey Rhinehardt
Brian Vanderbloemen
John Versaggi



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.