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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

Robert Aderholt


Total cost of 49 office trips: $76,585.94


Trips by Robert Aderholt
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $38,837.15

Destination: POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: NORTH MISSISSIPPI HEALTH SERVICES
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL BOARD RETREAT
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $243.53
source

Destination: POINT CLEAR, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 13, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $337.47
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $599.00
source

Destination: ORANGE BEACH, AL
Sponsor: Health Group of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAKING ON ISSUES REGARDING HEALTHCARE IN THE NEW CONGRE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,527.89
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: BILOXI, MS
Sponsor: Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ON ISSUES REGARDING LEGISLATION AND THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $551.80
source

Destination: PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Alabama Peanut Producers Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,054.55
source

Destination: RETREAT IN BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $585.00
source

Destination: PERDIDO BEACH, AL
Sponsor: Health Group of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAK TO GROUP ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $859.94
source

Destination: FORT PAYNE, AL
Sponsor: Gravel Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood
Purpose: SPEAK TO GROUP
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $70.00
source

Destination: ONE WAY PRIVAE PLANE FROM HUNTSVILLE, AL TO DULLES AIRPORT
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: SPEAK AT RE-OPENING OF LOCKHEED-MARTIN'S COURTLAND, AL FACILITY
Date: Sep 30, 2002
Expense: $661.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT, ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: American Trucking Associations
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AS SPEAKER AT ADVOCACY LUNCHEON
Date: Oct 25, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,193.16
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: PERDIDO BEACH RESORT, ORANGE BEACH, AL
Sponsor: Electric Cities of Alabama
Purpose: RECEIVE AWARD AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,224.32
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM TO WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND ANNOUNCEMENT OF PLANT EXPANSION
Date: Jul 14, 2003
Expense: $583.00
source

Destination: HILTON, JANDESTIN, FL
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $926.21
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: JM Family Enterprises Inc
Purpose: TOUR TOYOTA FACTORY CONVERSION FACILITY
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $938.46
source

Destination: THE GRAND HOTEL, POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: TENNESSEE TOMBIGBEE WATERWAY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,203.79
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL AND AMMAN, JORDAN
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: TO BUILD BRIDGES OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN
Date: Dec 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,611.25
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE
Purpose: SPEAK TO COLLEGE ALUMNI WEEKEND
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $79.00
source

Destination: ASUNCION, PARAGUAY
Sponsor: CHRISTIAN EMBASSY
Purpose: MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OF PARAGUAY
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,002.59
source

Destination: GRAND HOTEL, POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAK AT GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,567.55
source

Destination: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
Sponsor: Ambassadors of Reconciliation Foundation
Purpose: TOUR TSUNAMI-HIT AREA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,612.16
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: RSC RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $451.76
source

Destination: GRAND FLORIDIAN, ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,886.92
source

Destination: GRAND HOTEL, POINT CLEAR, AL
Sponsor: Business Council of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $722.58
source

Destination: ONEONTA, AL
Sponsor: ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (AL)
Purpose: SPEAK TO CHAMBER BREAKFAST
Date: Aug 24, 2005
Expense: $87.16
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Aderholt

Mark Busching
Michael Chahinian
Mark Dawson
Jason Harper
Hood Harris
Murray Harris
David Kroeger
Megan Medley
Michael Rosenthal
Ryan Sassman



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.