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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.

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.

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

Joseph Biden


Total cost of 91 office trips: $183,602.60


Trips by Joseph Biden
Total cost of congressperson's 61 trips: $147,257.91

Destination: ROUND-TRIP AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA, PA, AND PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: EDS Corporation
Purpose: SENATOR AND MRS. BIDEN TRAVELED TO ARIZONA FOR THE SENATOR'S SPEECH TO A.T. KEARNEY'S GLOBAL BUSINESS POLICY COUNCIL IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,775.00
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Destination: STANFORD, CA
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: SPEECH TO A CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS TO THE US BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $1,268.75
source

Destination: PARIS FRANCE
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: AIR FARE FOR SENATOR'S SPOUSE TO ACCOMPANY SENATOR BIDEN TO THE NEW ATLANTIC INITIATIVE CONFERENCE ON BALKAN STRATEGIES. SENATOR BIDEN WAS ALREADY IN PARIS ON FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE BUSINESS
Date: Mar 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,252.03
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Tulane University
Purpose: TWO SPEECHES TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. ONE TO A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW CLASS, AND ONE TO A COMBINED AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY/INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CLASS.
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $803.49
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Coca-Cola Co
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE FRENCH-AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL'S ANNUAL MEETING SENATOR WAS IN NEW YORK ON FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, SPOUSE'S TRAVEL TO NEW YORK WAS PAID BY COCA-COLA
Date: Jun 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $687.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 23, 2000
Expense: $4,300.00
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Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEECH ON "THE SUPREME COURT AT A CROSSROAD" FOR THE MAURICE ROSENBERG ANNUAL MEMORIAL LECTURE
Date: Oct 18, 2000
Expense: $236.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: LAWYERS ALLIANCE FOR WORLD SECURITY
Purpose: SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN A PUBLIC FORUM ON "DEBATING NATIONAL SECURITY, BUILDING WEAPONS OR ALLIANCES?", AT THE JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY
Date: Oct 22, 2000
Expense: $1,693.33
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $775.00
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP AIR TRAVEL FOR SENATOR AND SPOUSE FROM PHILADELPHIA, PA TO NEW ORLEANS, LA.
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO ATLA'S MIDWINTER CONVENTION
Date: Feb 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,109.75
source

Destination: DOVER, DELAWARE TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THIS WEEK WITH SAM DONALDSON & COKIE ROBERTS" TRAVEL WAS ONE-WAY. LODGING AND RETURN TRANSPORTATION WERE AT OWN EXPENSE
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,447.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jun 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $419.76
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TICKET FOR ROUND-TRIP AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA, PA, AND CLEVELAND, OH PLUS GROUND TRANSPORTATION IN CLEVELAND, FOR A SPEECH TO AN AIPAC DINNER. BAD WEATHER PROHIBITED AIR TRAVEL, AND THE TRIP DID NOT OCCUR, BUT THE TICKET AND COST OF GROUND TRANSPO
Date: Aug 28, 2001
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: DELAWARE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,942.99
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM LAUREL, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,040.70
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $927.00
source

Destination: AIR TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO MIAMI FL, AND FROM MIAMI TO DULLES AIRPORT, HERNDON, VA
Sponsor: Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Purpose: SPEECH TO GREATER MIAMI JEWISH FEDERATION
Date: Apr 15, 2002
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA TO SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Syracuse University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEECH TO SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW
Date: May 19, 2002
Expense: $275.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY AND LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: University of Kentucky
Purpose: CEREMONY TO COMMIT THE PUBLIC PAPERS OF FORMER SENATOR WALTER HUDDLESTON TO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LIBRARY
Date: Jun 17, 2002
Expense: $5,400.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON CBS NEWS' "THE EARLY SHOE"
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Expense: $103.56
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON NBC'S "TODAY" SHOW
Date: Feb 4, 2003
Expense: $147.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Purpose: SPEECH AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
Date: Feb 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,399.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THIS WEEK"
Date: Apr 5, 2003
Expense: $245.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: World Affairs Council and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD AFFAIRS CLUB OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Date: May 1, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,674.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 5, 2003
Expense: $294.05
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: INTERVIEW ON ABC NEWS
Date: May 14, 2003
Expense: $170.85
source

Destination: AIR TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO BOSTON, MA, AND ON TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Emerson College
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEECH TO EMERSON COLLEGE
Date: May 19, 2003
Expense: $7,536.55
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 25, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTONG, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 20, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM CAPE HENLOPEN, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC, RETURNING TO CAPE MAY, NJ
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,979.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Foundation for Women Legislators Inc
Purpose: SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN LEGISLATORS
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,927.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER"
Date: Aug 29, 2003
Expense: $8,410.75
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN WASHINGTON, DC, AND CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: World Affairs Council and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE CHARLOTTE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL WORLD CITIZEN AWARD DINNER
Date: Oct 3, 2003
Expense: $960.50
source

Destination: ASHEVILLE, NC TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $6,983.90
source

Destination: SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Syracuse University
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE SYRACUSE COLLEGE OF LAW ALUMNIS ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD DINNER
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,148.93
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,058.58
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: US Spain Council Inc
Purpose: SPEECH TO U.S.-SPAIN COUNCIL FORUM
Date: Feb 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,366.40
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,830.02
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Hibernian Society of Charleston
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE HIBERNIAN SOCIETY OF CHARLESTON'S ANNUAL BANQUET
Date: Mar 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,542.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THIS WEEK"
Date: Mar 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,594.58
source

Destination: AUTO TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO WILMINGTON, DE
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: TRAVEL FROM WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON FOLLOWING APPEARANCE ON "LARRY KING LIVE"
Date: Mar 24, 2004
Expense: $638.06
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FL
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: AUTO SERVICE IN FORT MYERS AREA FOR APPEARANCE ON "FACE THE NATION"
Date: Apr 11, 2004
Expense: $330.75
source

Destination: GROUND TRANSPORTATION FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THIS WEEK"
Date: Apr 25, 2004
Expense: $647.29
source

Destination: AIR TRAVEL FROM KANSAS CITY, MO TO WILMINGTON, DE
Sponsor: Jackson Country Democratic Committee
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE 17TH ANNUAL TRUMAN DAYS BANQUET
Date: May 8, 2004
Expense: $676.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: ONE-WAY AIR FARE FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO CHICAGO, IL FOR AN EVENT SUBSEQUENT TO AN APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 16, 2004
Expense: $765.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Northwestern University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Date: May 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,416.59
source

Destination: COLUMBIA, SC
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE OF THE NAACP
Date: May 21, 2004
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: HARRISBURG, PA
Sponsor: PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS AND THE PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S KEYSTONE DINNER
Date: Jun 23, 2004
Expense: $3,119.17
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 1, 2004
Expense: $1,074.45
source

Destination: LAKE COMO, ITALY
Sponsor: Ambrosetti
Purpose: AMBROSETT'S CONFERENCE ON "INTELLIGENCE 2004 ON THE WORLD, ON EUROPE, ON ITALY
Date: Sep 2, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $12,239.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THIS WEEK"
Date: Sep 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $374.83
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Forstmann Little & Co
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN FORSTMANN LITTLE, & CO. CONFERENCE FOREIGN POLICY DISCUSSION ON "AMERICA AND THE WORLD"
Date: Sep 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $17,554.98
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: United Nations Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN "THE PEOPLE SPEAK", AN ELECTION FORUM SPONSORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION
Date: Oct 19, 2004
Expense: $314.00
source

Destination: FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY AND NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: New Jersey Democratic State Committee
Purpose: SPEECHES TO THE MONMOUTH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE ESSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN'S DINNER
Date: Oct 28, 2004
Expense: $5,468.30
source

Destination: CAR SERVICE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. TO WILMINGTON, DE
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON CNN PROGRAM "NEWSNIGHT WITH AARON BROWN"
Date: Dec 6, 2004
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Party of Virginia
Purpose: SPEECH TO VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY JEFFERSON JACKSON DAY DINNER
Date: Feb 5, 2005
Expense: $1,880.28
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER"
Date: Feb 16, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $6,585.45
source

Destination: ROUNDTRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Destination: COLUMBIA, SC
Sponsor: Democratic Party of South Carolina
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY JEFFERSON-JACKSON DAY DINNER
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,388.90
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SUFFOLK LAW COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Date: May 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,881.69
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Joseph Biden

Gregory Aftandilian
Jonah Blank
Antony Blinken
Perry Cammack
Michael Haltzel
Alan Hoffman
Frank Jannuzi
Jofi Joseph
Edward Levine
Neil Macbride
Brian Mckeon
Daniel O'brien
Janice Oconnell
Puneet Talwar



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.