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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 Duncan


Total cost of 30 office trips: $120,332.61


Trips by John Duncan
Total cost of congressperson's 19 trips: $92,042.01

Destination: KAUAI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE/PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,330.00
source

Destination: 6TH ANNUAL MEETING OF AMERICAN CROP PROTECTION
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEAK
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $8,636.14
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKING/PARTICIPATION IN TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $8,750.00
source

Destination: AAAE 2001 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN AVIATION PANELS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,630.00
source

Destination: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PLENARY SESSIONS AND DISCUSSIONS ON GOVERNING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: BNSF FACT-FINDING TRIP FROM CASPER TO CODY WYOMING
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,736.88
source

Destination: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,285.00
source

Destination: 2001 AMERICAN CROP PROTECTION ANNUAL MEETING
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEETING
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,384.98
source

Destination: 2002 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE KONA, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE/PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $7,213.68
source

Destination: AAR LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK DURING LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,468.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,250.00
source

Destination: AAAE 2003 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND MEETINGS
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $685.75
source

Destination: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS CONFERENCE PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON TRANSPORTATION ISSUES
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,119.00
source

Destination: AAAE 2004 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND MEETINGS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,286.70
source

Destination: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE LA JOLLA, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,316.20
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN-PANAMA CITY, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Tennessee Trucking Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Sep 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,122.26
source

Destination: KONA, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPATING IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND MEETINGS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,590.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV-KNOXVILLE, TN
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: May 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,875.82
source

Destination: SEATLE, WA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRAIN TRIP
Date: Jun 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $4,411.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Duncan

David Balloff
Scott Fischer
Matthew Lehigh
Joseph Robinson
Don Walker



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.