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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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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Bill Frist


Total cost of 148 office trips: $258,358.94


Trips by Bill Frist
Total cost of congressperson's 19 trips: $35,378.61

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FL TO TURNBERRY ISLE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKER AT BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,354.45
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 22, 2002
Expense: $3,467.91
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $5,077.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Business Counsel Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,982.00
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,552.19
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Morehouse School of Medicine
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,497.47
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,843.00
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,399.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Achievement Technologies Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 19, 2003
Expense: $5,135.42
source

Destination: ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Samaritan's Purse
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,524.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: American College of Surgeons
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $677.48
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,429.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA AND NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRAMAGE
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,936.00
source

Destination: CHAD, SUDAN AND KENYA
Sponsor: Samaritan's Purse
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,594.41
source

Destination: SUDAN
Sponsor: SUDAN PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY/MOVEMENT
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $67.00
source

Destination: KENYA
Sponsor: TENWEK HOSPITAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $70.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 18, 2004
Expense: $382.64
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Sponsor: PITTCO INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,616.35
source

Destination: KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 15, 2005
Expense: $773.29
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bill Frist

Mitch Bainwol
Talibah Bayles
Andrea Becker
David Broome
Jeremy Burton
Margaret Camp
Eric Cleland
Thomas Craig
Meredith Davis
Robert Duncan
Mark Esper
Tracy Garrett
Allen Hicks
James Hippe
James Hippe
G William Hoagland
Rob Hoppin
Elizabeth Jarvis
Mary Johnson
Rohit Kumar
Dave Larson
Allison Martin
Meredith Medley
Allen Moore
William Moore
Andy Olson
David Olson
Michael Painter
Lee Rawlo
Emily Reynolds
Helen Rhee
Jennifer Romans
Dean Rosen
Edward Russell
Elizabeth Scanlon
Ken Scroggs
Nicholas Smith
Monica Tencate
Eric Ueland
Jon Vaden
Bart Verhulst
Alex Vogel
Matthew Wallace
Bill Wichterman
Parker Wood



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.