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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

Ernest Istook


Total cost of 28 office trips: $91,427.32


Trips by Ernest Istook
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $72,810.57

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $387.00
source

Destination: UNION STATION TO THE GREENBRIER TO UNION STATION
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD.
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $441.00
source

Destination: OKLAHOMA CITY TO SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Washington Policy Center
Purpose: OVERVIEW OF SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE & NEEDS.
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,258.63
source

Destination: PRAGUE TO VIENNA, AUSTRIA TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Center for First Principles
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - MEETINGS WITH US EMBASSY & GOVT. OFFICIALS IN EUROPE.
Date: Aug 14, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $17,819.68
source

Destination: DANA POINT, CA
Sponsor: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEFORE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. MEETING.
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,621.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS OF THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY TO SHARE AREAS OF CONCERN, AND TO DISCUSS POLICY AND LEGISLATION TO REBUILD OUR SEA SERVICES AND THE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,611.00
source

Destination: LIHUE, KAUAI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND 2004 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.75
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY TO HAWTHORNE, NY
Sponsor: IBM Corporation
Purpose: TOUR IBM NY RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Expense: $387.92
source

Destination: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK TO CHINA
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO EXPAND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN OKLAHOMA AND CHINA
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $13,848.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: MEMBER-SPOUSE RETREAT ON "HISTORICAL MEMORY & HEALING"
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,128.28
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC TO CHICAGO, IL. TO LOS ANGELES, CA. TO KONA, HAWAII. RETURN FROM KONA, HAWAII TO CHICAGO, IL TO OKC, OKLAHOMA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE AAAE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $12,239.02
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.41
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE CLUB FOR GROWTH'S ECONOMIC WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,859.30
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY AND THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE ON ENTITLEMENT REFORM
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,856.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernest Istook

John Albaugh
Kurt Conrad
William Duncan
Deborah Shelby
Micah Swatford
Devery Youngblood



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.