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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.

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Office of

Byron Dorgan


Total cost of 78 office trips: $142,292.12


Trips by Byron Dorgan
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $17,736.56

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,832.60
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT-INTL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,840.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: ADDRESS EMPLOYEES OF CONNELL COMPANY ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATION EVENTS IN CONGRESS AT COMPANY MEETING
Date: Mar 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $993.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Denver
Purpose: DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,726.00
source

Destination: FARGO TO BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA
Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 80 MEGAWATT WIND PROJECT DEDICATION
Date: Sep 16, 2002
Expense: $664.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,411.63
source

Destination: GRAND FORKS, ND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN THE AEROSPACE & DEFENSE MANUFACTURING ROUNDTABLE IN GRANDFORKS, ND
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $1,585.00
source

Destination: BISMARCK, ND TO FARGO, ND
Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN ENERGY LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Dec 2, 2003
Expense: $345.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND MEETINGS TO DISCUSS INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $388.11
source

Destination: BISMARCK, ND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL GUARD 95TH BRIDGE COMPANY WELCOME HOME EVENT
Date: Aug 21, 2004
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: TOUR COMCAST MEDIA CENTER TO REVIEW ADVANCEMENTS IN VIDEO ON DEMAND TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY USED TO DELIVER DIGITAL CABLE TO RURAL AREAS
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Byron Dorgan

Gabriel Adler
Jeremy Bratt
Jose Cerda
Mike Eggl
Ladeene Freimuth
Maynard Friesz
Niles Godes
Elizabeth Gore
Brian Griffin
Brian Griffith
Pam Gulleson
F Jerome Hinkle
Curtis Jabs
Nicole Kroetsch
Jim Messina
Stephanie Mohl
Brian Moran
Emmett O'keefe
Emmett Okeefe
Daphna Peled
David Roll
Lindsey Runge
Toby Short
Dale Thoranson
Bob Valeu
G Franklin Walker
Lori Way
Dan Wogsland
Ian Woodward



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.