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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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  • 08.28.14

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Office of

Craig Thomas


Total cost of 51 office trips: $112,223.83


Trips by Craig Thomas
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $31,350.15

Destination: SNOWMASS, CO
Sponsor: Colorado State University
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATURAL RESOURCE CONFERENCE -- 1999 CONGRESS ON RECREATION AND RESOURCE CAPACITY
Date: Dec 2, 1999
Expense: $684.50
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN FARM BUREAU WATER QUALITY CONF.
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: Tom Brown Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOC. OF MOUNTAIN STATES (IPAMS) MEETING
Date: Jun 9, 2001
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: CASPER, WY
Sponsor: M&N EQUIPMENT LLC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONY FOR TRAINING CENTER
Date: Aug 23, 2001
Expense: $759.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL EVENT
Date: Sep 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $487.30
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,315.47
source

Destination: ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $9,460.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Colorado River Water Users Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING OF COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS ASSOC., GIVING A SPEECH & PARTICIPATING IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Dec 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $373.50
source

Destination: JACKSON, WY
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $1,340.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH AT INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $951.75
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,042.63
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Craig Thomas

Brad Bunning
Cameron Hardy
Michael Hill
Chris Jahn
Jody Levin
Michael Moran
Daniel Naatz
Melissa Nelson
Kimberly Pinter
Cynthia Reed
Linda Rouse
David Schwietert
Pati Smith
Bryn Stewart
Celia Wallace
Shawn Whitman



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.