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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

Tom Delay


Total cost of 216 office trips: $500,479.36


Trips by Tom Delay
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $94,000.93

Destination: GREAT BRITAIN
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 25, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $28,106.00
source

Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $28,000.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,242.00
source

Destination: MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH GOVERNT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,428.00
source

Destination: KONA, HAWAII TO VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ISSUES IN KONA, HAWAII
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $5,967.28
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELC RETREAT (HOUSE ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT)
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,218.50
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: RESTORATION WEEKEND
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,026.72
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: CHARTER TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK ROUNDTRIP
Sponsor: IDT Corporation
Purpose: AIDAC POLICY SPEECH AT EVENT HONORING HOWARD JONAS, CHAIRMAN OF IDT, INC.
Date: Jan 29, 2004
Expense: $3,595.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,071.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX-KONA-HOUSTON
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: 19TH ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $9,811.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Delay

Dan Allen
Mary Katherine Ascik
Jonathan Baron
John Barry
Elliot Berke
Tim Berry
Carol Bevan
Trevor Blackann
Juliane Carter
Ryan Flood
Dan Flynn
Deana Funderburk
Geof Gradler
Jonathan Grella
Autumn Hanna
Susan Hirschmann
David James
Kathryn Lehman
Dawn Loffredo
Brett Loper
Andrew Maloney
Morgan Middlemas
Emily Miller
Ed Mullen
Elizabeth Pauls
Thomas Puiz
Thomas Pyle
Stuart Roy
Tony Rudy
Brett Shogren
Josh Shultz
Danielle Simonetta
Amy Steinmann
Juliane Sullivan
Carl Thorsen
Jack Victory
Mildred Webber
Mary Ellen Wright



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.