American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

Back to The Data

Trips sponsored by

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies


Total cost of 28 trips: $164,213.01


Traveler: John Weaver (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO DISCUSS TRADE, DEFENSE, AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM ISSUES INVOLVING SINGAPORE AND UNITED STATES
Date: Feb 13, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $6,953.89
source

Traveler: Jennifer Thompson (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO DISCUSS TRADE AND DEFENSE ISSUES BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND THE U.S.
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,953.89
source

Traveler: Shara Aranoff (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: CONSULT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PRIVATE SECTOR, AND ACADEMICS CONCERNING U.S.-SINGAPORE AND REGIONAL TRADE AND RELATED ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,947.96
source

Traveler: Leslie Mcdonald (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, REGIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,919.30
source

Traveler: Chris Mccannell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF US SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-US-ASEAN INIATIVE
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $7,081.44
source

Traveler: Melissa Koloszar (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, TO ENHANCE UNDERSTANDING OF US-SINGAPORE TRADE AND SECURITY RELATIONSHIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,156.01
source

Traveler: Daniel Mcfaul (from the office of Jeff Miller)
Destination: DC TO SINGAPORE
Purpose: SUMMITS ON TRADE, TERRORISM PREVENTION
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $6,953.89
source

Traveler: Dan Gurley (from the office of Cass Ballenger)
Destination: SIN
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP DEALING WITH TRADE, SECURITY AND OTHER ISSUES
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,552.21
source

Traveler: Dana Gartzke (from the office of Dave Weldon)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT WITH SINGAPOREAN OFFICIALS
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,634.18
source

Traveler: Roger France (from the office of Charles Taylor)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,510.10
source

Traveler: Helen Hardin (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: SINGAPORE - VIETNAM
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Dec 6, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $7,552.21
source

Traveler: Joseph Jakub (from the office of Saxby Chambliss)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,441.06
source

Traveler: William Mcbride (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: ISSUE STUDIES
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $8,031.00
source

Traveler: Eve Young (from the office of Ed Pastor)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,646.21
source

Traveler: Richard Perry (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: MEET W/ HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS AT DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPT. OF DEFENSE, FOREIGN MINISTRY RE: TRADE TERRORISM, MILITARY AND SECURITY ISSUES RE: U.S. SHIPS AND BUSINESS CLIMATE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,256.00
source

Traveler: Greg Mesack (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE NATION OF SINGAPORE, DISCUSS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE US-SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT LEARN ABOUT SINGAPORE'S COUNTER-TERRORISM PROGRAMS, AND MEET WITH SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,296.19
source

Traveler: Phil Kiko (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,320.86
source

Traveler: Kelly Zerzan (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT US-SINGAPORE TRADE AGREEMENT, EFFECTS TO COMBAT TERRORISIM
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,851.77
source

Traveler: Mary Kerr (from the office of James Oberstar)
Destination: NEWARK - SINGAPORE
Purpose: INFORMATION TRIP, INCLUDING TRADE & SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,038.20
source

Traveler: Kenneth Kraft (from the office of David Hobson)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND BETTER U.S.-SINGAPORE TRADE AND DEFENSE RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,038.20
source

Traveler: David Goldenberg (from the office of Alcee Hastings)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: DISCUSS TRADE, DEFENSE, AND HOMELAND SECURITY AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SINGAPORE.
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,047.80
source

Traveler: Angela Sowa (from the office of Curt Weldon)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,038.20
source

Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,745.00
source

Traveler: Assad Akhter (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,145.00
source

Traveler: Al Green (from the office of Al Green)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS-NEWARK, NJ-SINGAPORE-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO DISCUSS HOMELAND/BORDER SECURITY
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $7,249.26
source

Traveler: Joseph Crowley (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOMELAND SECURITY, BORDER SECURITY, EDUCATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $7,200.40
source

Traveler: Chris Mccannell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,334.38
source

Traveler: Gregg Sheiowitz (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: SINGAPORE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,318.40
source



American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.