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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

Joe Barton


Total cost of 269 office trips: $388,161.98


Trips by Joe Barton
Total cost of congressperson's 36 trips: $65,251.70

Destination: MEXICO CITY/PUEBLA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Universidad De Las Americas Puebla
Purpose: SPEECH TO STUDENT ASSEMBLY/FACT FINDING ON UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE PROGRAM W/ US
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $645.07
source

Destination: BIOLOXI, MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION MANAGE
Purpose: SPEECH TO DRY CLEANERS
Date: Mar 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $985.00
source

Destination: DFW TO N.Y. HAGUARDIA AIRPORT
Sponsor: New York Building Congress
Purpose: SPEECH WITH THE N.Y. BLDG. CONGRESS
Date: Mar 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $400.58
source

Destination: ASPEN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: SPEECH ON SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2000
Date: Jun 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,218.22
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTES NATIONAL ACCTS. WORKSHOP
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $734.80
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, - TX
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE NAT. MINING ASSOC. MINERPO
Date: Oct 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.66
source

Destination: DFW - PHOENIX, ARIZONA - TX
Sponsor: Western Regional Council
Purpose: MODERATOR FOR ENERGY SEMINAR AT THE 24TH MEETING OF THE WESTERN REGIONAL COUNCIL
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,841.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,878.25
source

Destination: DFW TO NEW YORK TO DC
Sponsor: EXNET / HEBOEUF, LAMB GREEN MAC DOE
Purpose: SPOKE AT THE 14TH ANNUAL UTILITY M & A SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jan 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,561.61
source

Destination: DFW - LAS VEGAS - DC
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,101.83
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TENNESSE
Sponsor: STATE OF TN, DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENT & CONSERVATION
Purpose: SPOKE AT THE 3RD ANNUAL GOVERNORS SUMMIT ON MOUNTAIN AIR QUALITY
Date: May 31, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,431.50
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK TO CEO FORUM-ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Sep 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,951.25
source

Destination:
Sponsor: POWER-GEN INTERNATIONAL
Purpose: ENERGY CONFERENCE-KEYNOTE/OPENING SPEAKER
Date: Dec 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $414.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2002 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW/PANEL
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,529.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE, ON PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,260.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND 51ST CONVENTION AND NCTA BOARD/CONGRESSIONAL EVENT
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,406.00
source

Destination: DFW TO FLL TO DCA
Sponsor: American Nuclear Society
Purpose: SPEECH IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Date: Jun 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,848.35
source

Destination: DCA TO LAS & LAS TO DFW
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TWO CONGRESSIONAL PANELS AND TOUR TECHNOLOGY TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,219.73
source

Destination: DFW TO MIA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Jan 17, 2003
Expense: $2,237.50
source

Destination: AVENTURA TO BONITA SPRINGS, FL & RSW TO DFW
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR EPSA ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $862.00
source

Destination: DALLAS/FORT WORTH TO SAN ANTONIO; AND SAN ANTONIO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: TEXAS INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS & ROYALTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR 57TH ANNUAL CONVENTION AND RECEIVE TIPRO'S HATS OFF
Date: Jun 8, 2003
Expense: $1,132.10
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: National Society of Professional Engineers
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NSPE ANNUAL CONVENTION AND RECEIVE THE LEGISLATIVE SERVICE AWARD
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $346.50
source

Destination: BALTIMORE WASHINGTON (BWI) TO COLORADO SPRING, CO; COLORADO SPRINGS, CO TO WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL (DCA)
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MEMBERS OF THE EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE (EEI) CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,592.33
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: ATTEND A DINNER WITH THE USTA BOARD MEMBERS AND SPEAK TO THE USTA GENERAL SESSION MEETING.
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,974.41
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: American Diabetes Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A DINNER AND PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION AT THE SOUTHEASTERN & SOUTH CENTRAL DIVIS AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION 2003 FALL VOLUNTEER MEETING.
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,291.90
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: TO MEET AUTO INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES AND ATTEND THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,217.82
source

Destination: DALLAS/FORT WORTH TO LAS VEGAS TO PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE LEADERSHIP IN TECHNOLOGY DINNER AND 2004 CONGRESSIONAL PANEL ON TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOM ISSUES.
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,781.33
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Boich Group
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE BOICH COMPANIES ANNUAL COAL CONFERENCE AND MEET BOICH EXECUTIVES
Date: Jan 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,977.40
source

Destination: DALLAS-HOUSTON
Sponsor: Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE CAMBRIDGE ENERGY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES EXECUTIVE SUMMIT
Date: Feb 9, 2004
Expense: $327.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: ATTEND NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL.
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,823.42
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: NATIONAL PETROCHEMICAL & REFINERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO NPRA EXECUTIVES AND ATTEND RECEPTION AND DINNER.
Date: Mar 21, 2004
Expense: $784.70
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A SHIVA ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,604.79
source

Destination: DFW-AUSTIN
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: SPEAK TO IPAA'S ANNUAL MEETING.
Date: Oct 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $720.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS TO DFW
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL FOR THE 2005 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,380.86
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: SPEAK TO EXECUTIVES AND FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 5, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $6,171.60
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $4,984.49
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Joe Barton

Bud Albright
Clarence Albright
Melissa Bartlett
Kurt Bilas
Andrew Black
Margaret Caravelli
William Carty
Dwight Cates
David Cavicke
Kelly Cole
Bill Cooper
Jonathan Cordone
Gerald Couri
Heather Couri
Whitney Drew
Eugenia Edwards
Julie Fields
Pete Filon
John Ford
Joseph Fortson
Dick Frandsen
Neil Fried
Michael Goo
Jeanne Haggerty
Amy Hall
Bruce Harris
Tom Hassenboehler
Voncille Hines
Edith Holleman
Cheryl Jaeger
Shannon Jarquot
Jaylyn Jensen
Nandan Kenkeremath
Chris Knauer
Theresa Lavery
Chris Leahy
Jacqueline Lissau
Ryan Long
Mark Menezes
Robert Meyers
Patrick Morrisey
William O'brien
Misty Perrin
Bob Rainey
Patrick Ronan
David Rosenfeld
Maryam Sabbaghian
David Schooler
Kevin Schweers
Aarti Shah
Johanna Shelton
Sue Sheridan
Robert Simison
Elizabeth Stack
Heather Stansell
Heather Stansey
Bridgett Taylor
Michael Taylor
Ryan Thompson
Stephen Waguespack
Howard Waltzman
Consuela Washington
Kelly Zerzan



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.