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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

Dana Rohrabacher


Total cost of 42 office trips: $261,679.59


Trips by Dana Rohrabacher
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $145,463.55

Destination: QATAR
Sponsor: GOVERNMENT OF QATAR ISLAMIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (HOTEL MEALS AIRFARE)
Purpose: FACT FINDING-OIL CRISIS
Date: Apr 13, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $10,109.32
source

Destination: TAIWAN/PHILIPPINES/KUWAIT
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: RESEARCH KUWAIT FDTN./PHILIPPINES UNITED AGAINST CRIME
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $16,109.54
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASS
Sponsor: COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRACY
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONVENTION
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $553.05
source

Destination: BONN, GERMANY/WASH, DC
Sponsor: American Foreign Policy Council
Purpose: U.N. PEACE TALKS ON AFGHANISTAN
Date: Nov 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,825.58
source

Destination: MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute for Science and International Security
Purpose: EFFORTS ON TERRORISM/TRADE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $21,000.00
source

Destination: LONDON-QATAR
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: SECOND ANNUAL QATARI-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON FREE MKTS AND DEMOCRACY
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $18,870.00
source

Destination: LAX TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: BIGELOW AEROSPACE
Purpose: AEROSPACE RESEARCH & TOUR
Date: Jul 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $970.00
source

Destination: TOKYO-TAIPEI-HAWAII
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: ECONOMIC CONFERENCE / RESEARCH
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $10,173.62
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO AND CONFERENCE CRUISE
Sponsor: Freedom Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,574.30
source

Destination: PHX-IAD-DOHA-VIENNA-IAD
Sponsor: ISLAM FREE MARKET INSTITUTE FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY OF QATAR
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE WITH CODEL
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $19,797.00
source

Destination: PARIS - TOULOUSE; BIARRITZ - PARIS
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: AVIATION FACT FINDING VISIT TO AIRBUS HEADQUARTERS
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $10,990.26
source

Destination: BERLIN-RIGA-BERLIN-QATAR
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: BERLIN CONFERENCE & QATAR CONFERENCE "FREE MARKETS & DEMOCRACY IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD"
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $19,969.14
source

Destination: VIENNA-ALBANIA-BERLIN
Sponsor: Albanian American Foundation
Purpose: VISITS AND BRIEFINGS IN ALBANIA, MONTENEGRO & KOSOVA
Date: Aug 20, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $11,521.74
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dana Rohrabacher

Kellee Barron
Michelle Bekkering
Paul Berkowitz
Meredith Curcio
Richard Dykema
Donald Ernsberger
Fadi Essmaeel
Emelyn Faulkner
Kathleen Hollingsworth
Aaron Lewis
Greg Mccarthy
Al Santoli



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.