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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.

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Office of

John Boehner


Total cost of 213 office trips: $394,345.86


Trips by John Boehner
Total cost of congressperson's 40 trips: $158,698.43

Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPEECH/ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,471.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,000.13
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,478.99
source

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AGRICULTURE
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $265.00
source

Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $758.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: ADDRESS TO RETIREMENT POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,448.50
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Sep 2, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,432.74
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $9,050.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC STUDY TRIP
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,090.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,337.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO GREENBRIAR, WV
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC. CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SPEAKING/ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,940.76
source

Destination: CSX CHALLENGE; BUSINESS AND CONGRESSIONAL PANEL - ANNUAL MEETING
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL - REMARKS
Date: May 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,158.95
source

Destination: FACT FINDING TRIP; CINCINNATI TO PARIS/AVIGNON FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR EUROPEAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES SITES
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $18,564.20
source

Destination: SCOTLAND (EDINBURGH)
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $4,869.72
source

Destination: KINGSLAND, GA
Sponsor: MEAD CORP USA/COCA COLA ENTERPRISES
Purpose: SPEAKING TO PUBLIC AFFAIRS TO BOTH COMPANIES
Date: Sep 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,440.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE/REMARKS AT FMI LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,638.79
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: GIVE REMARKS/MODERATE LEGISLATIVE BRIEFINGS AT IDFA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,573.18
source

Destination: LEWISBERG, WV; CHICAGO, IL & HAMILTON, OH
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: TOUR CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND MEET W/ CHICAGO MERCANTILE CEO
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,721.42
source

Destination: PEEBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Purpose: REMARKS-FHLB BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $609.42
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: REMARKS - BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFERENCE (FOR CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND CHICAGO MERC. EXCHANGE
Date: Mar 14, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $6,811.09
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER - WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: REMARKS - CONGRESSIONAL PANEL FOR THE CSX CHALLENGE (ANNUAL MTG)
Date: May 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,294.40
source

Destination: GREENBRIER - WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: REMARKS AT THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS CONFERENCE MEETING
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,538.83
source

Destination: BARCELONA AND SEVILLA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP; TOUR OF EUROPEAN NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES SITES
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $16,813.30
source

Destination: MEADWEST VACO/COCA COLA ENTERPRISES ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Sponsor: Meadwestvaco
Purpose: REMARKS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Sep 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,650.75
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL & CINCINNATI, OH
Sponsor: First Tee Foundation
Purpose: REMARKS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Date: Oct 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,039.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: REMARKS TO THE SM BOARD AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,445.40
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL FOR CBOT/CHICAGO MERC BOARD AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,943.84
source

Destination: CSX CORPORATION BOARD MEETING
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: REMARKS ON CONGRESSIONAL PANEL FOR CSX BOARD MEMBER
Date: May 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,689.80
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: REMARKS/KEYNOTE AT SMITH-BARNEY CHAIRMEN'S COUNCIL
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,151.00
source

Destination: CIGAR ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Cigar Association of America
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Date: Oct 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,803.58
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: REMARKS TO FMI BOARD AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,563.82
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL FOR CBOT AND CHICAGO MERC BOARD MEMBERS AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,637.35
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER RESORT WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV CSX BUSINESS CHALLENGE
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: REMARKS/PANEL WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS-AT CSX BOARD MEETING
Date: May 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,615.70
source

Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE/INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,595.00
source

Destination: HAMILTON, OH TO BOCA RATON, FL TO ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATED ON A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,401.96
source

Destination: MUNICH, GERMANY TO BRUSSELS TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: REMARKS/PANEL WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT A TPN MEETING/CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,597.77
source

Destination: DC - BOCA RATON, FL - OHIO
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL FOR THE "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK" PROGRAM DURING THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,552.34
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO WEST VIRGINIA TO OHIO
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON THE RAIL INDUSTRY AND PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY
Date: May 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,484.70
source

Destination: SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA - CINCINNATI, OHIO
Sponsor: MONTEREY PENINSULA FOUNDATION
Purpose: CHARITY EVENT - PARTICIPATION IN THE FIRST TO A OPEN, A CHARITY TOURNAMENT ORGANIZED UNDER SECTION 501(C)(3) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE THAT HAS REVISED MORE THAN $50 MILLION FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES. INVITATION INCLUDES AMATEUR ENTRY FEE AND ACCOMMODATION
Date: Aug 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $3,435.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Boehner

Chris Bowlin
George Canty
David Cleary
George Conant
David Connolly
Stacey Dion
Jeff Dobrozsi
Amanda Farris
Edward Feddeman
Kristin Fitzgerald
Edwin Gilroy
Katherine Gorton
Alison Griffin
Aron Griffin
Jessica Gross
David Herhenick
Charles Hokanson
Kate Houston
Barry Jackson
Barry Johnson
Victoria Lipnic
Melanie Looney
Sally Lovejoy
Jaclyn Madden
Greg Maurer
Doug Mesecar
Stephanie Milburn
Sonja Maria Miller
Ted Monoson
Paula Nowakowski
James Paretti
Krisann Pearce
Emily Porter
Amy Raaf
Alison Ream
Tyson Redpath
Ron Reese
Whitney Rhoades
Christine Roth
David Schnittger
Lynn Selmser
Stephen Settle
Kathleen Smith
Kevin Smith
Michael Sommers
Jo-Marie St Martin
Jennifer Stewart
Richard Stombres
Robert Sweet



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.