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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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    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

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Back to The Data

Office of

Fred Thompson


Total cost of 37 office trips: $73,326.87


Trips by Fred Thompson
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $33,904.51

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Mass Retail Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $11,417.08
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: INTERNET DEFENSE SUMMIT (SPONSORED BY SRI INTERNATIONAL, ATOMIC TANGERINE AND FORBES ASAP)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 8, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $4,220.62
source

Destination: PIGEON FORGE, TN
Sponsor: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Smoky Mountains
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 12, 2000
Expense: $958.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON DENNIS MILLER LIVE ON JULY 7
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,843.95
source

Destination: WINSTON-SALEM, NC
Sponsor: NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ETHICS IN FILMMAKING
Date: Nov 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,391.31
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,709.00
source

Destination: CHATTANOOGA, TN
Sponsor: Bethlehem Center Chattanooga Tennessee
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 30, 2001
Expense: $727.50
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: TO MODERATE AND PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $480.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,240.05
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - NASHVILLE
Sponsor: First Farmers & Merchants National Bank
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $426.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - NASHVILLE
Sponsor: American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers
Purpose: ASCAP EVENT
Date: Oct 18, 2001
Expense: $426.00
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: TO MODERATE AND PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jun 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,692.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Gannett Corporation
Purpose: DEBATE AT USA TODAY FORUM
Date: Oct 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,373.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Fred Thompson

Bob Davis
Mark Esper
Stephanie Henning
Elizabeth Jarvis
Rachel Jones
Susan Marshall
Powell Moore
Paul Noe
Robert Shea
Hannah Sistare
Harvey Valentine
Elizabeth Wood
Henry Wray



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.