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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

Jim Greenwood


Total cost of 43 office trips: $179,444.40


Trips by Jim Greenwood
Total cost of congressperson's 29 trips: $144,908.87

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ENTITLED, "THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT"
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,421.60
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA TO PHILADELPHIA, PA VIA LONDON
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: AT THE REQUEST OF SPEAKER HASTERT, I REPRESENTED THE SPEAKER ON PRESIDENT CLINTON'S MARCH 18-26 MISSION ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE TO BANGLADESH AND INDIA. WHILE IN INDIA, I ATTENDED MEETINGS OF THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN INDUSTRY AND INDIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS.
Date: Mar 24, 2000
Expense: $1,850.00
source

Destination: ALASKA'S TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF ALASKA'S TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST, THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST & MOST CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL FORES.
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,606.76
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL.
Sponsor: NATIONAL INVESTMENT BANKING ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 18, 2000
Expense: $702.96
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,659.20
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM/THE HAGUE
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: TO ATTEND GLOBE INTERNATIONAL EVE. COMMITTEE MEETING IN THE HAGUE NETHERLANDS
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,833.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY TO PHILADELPHIA, PA VIA ATLANTA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANSLANTIC POLICY NETWORK-BRINGING TOGETHER CORPORATE GOVERNMENT & ACADEMIA ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,050.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $12,135.40
source

Destination: VISIT LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT COSTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
Date: Feb 2, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,220.44
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL / ALLENTOWN, PA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONF.
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,137.38
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: GET FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE INTERNATIONAL ON FAMILY PLANNING
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $7,680.00
source

Destination: POCANTICO CONFERENCE CENTER, TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE OF HOW EXPORT CREDIT AGENCIES IMPACT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE SYSTEM AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN FINANCING ENERGY AND FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WITH OTHER LEGISLATORS
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $310.00
source

Destination: WYE RIVER PLANTATION, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: THE INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATORS' CONFERENCE ON CLEAN ENERGY AND THE 16THGLOBE INTERNATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,233.20
source

Destination: 2001 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES THAT AFFECT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE US AND SCOTLAND
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $11,936.16
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: Planned Parenthood
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER/HONORED GUEST IN SUPPORT OF THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND EVENT
Date: Nov 17, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,563.37
source

Destination: PARIS
Sponsor: GLOBE USA
Purpose: SPEAK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE-ENERGY AND POLLUTION ISSUES ON THE OPENING PANEL OF THE GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON OCEANS AND COASTS
Date: Nov 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $8,022.86
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,719.20
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE
Sponsor: NATIONAL BRAIN INJURY RESEARCH TREATMENT & TRAINING (NBIRTT) FOUNDATION, TERMINAL TRUCKING, THE HILTON CHARLOTTE
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE PHILIP L. LANCE AWARD FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS OF BRAIN INJURY
Date: Jan 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $11,370.66
source

Destination: WASHINGTON/CHARLOTTE/W. PALM BEACH, FL-W. PALM BEACH, FL/PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: THE FOUNDATION FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR 2002 WINTER MEETING
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,803.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,943.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. / BERMUDA / PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: WATER UTILITIES EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Purpose: WATER UTILITIES EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,279.60
source

Destination: SANTA ANA, CA / LAS VEGAS / PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: PINELLAS COUNTY OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY
Purpose: SPOKE AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,450.55
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American College of Surgeons
Purpose: LUNCHEON SPEAKER AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS ANNUAL MEETING.
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $325.91
source

Destination: DETROIT/LONDON
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2003 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $16,055.00
source

Destination: MD
Sponsor: JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY BILL AND MELINDA GATES INSTITUTE FOR POPULATION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THEIR 2003 LEADERSHIP FORUM DINNER
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $343.42
source

Destination: LANGHORNE, PA/PHILADELPHIA/DOGLESTOWN, PA
Sponsor: PHILADELPHIA ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE GILL LECTURE OF THE PHILADELPHIA ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY
Date: Dec 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $296.52
source

Destination: CANCUN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,478.51
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-REAGAN/BERMUDA/PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: MPM CAPITAL AND ITS GENERAL PARTNERS AND SPONSORS, MERRILL LYNCH, HALE AND DORR, ERNST YOUNG AND COMERICA BANK CORP.
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,807.17
source

Destination: VENICE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,674.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Greenwood

Ron Chester
Jason Delp
Alan Eisenberg
Matthew Hogarty
Amanda Murphy
Joel White



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.