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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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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

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  • 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.

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Total cost of 56 trips: $94,858.73


Traveler: Robert Smith (from the office of Robert Smith)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $3,430.00
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Traveler: Hazen Marshall (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,355.52
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Traveler: Jon Traub (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose: SEMINARS & MEETINGS ON TAX & HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,552.00
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Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Purpose: SPEAK AT SEMINAR
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,289.00
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Traveler: Tim Reif (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose:
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,505.51
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Traveler: Mark Foley (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Purpose: WORKSHOP/CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATION SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,650.00
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Traveler: Richard Neal (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: CHATHAM, MA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,575.00
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Traveler: Joe Moakley (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: WEQUASSETT INN-CHATHAM, MA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
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Traveler: Tony Rudy (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,346.00
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Traveler: Tim Reif (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: COPE COD, MASS (CHATHAM)
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONG. LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,330.50
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Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: HYANNIS, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,246.00
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Traveler: John Horner (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,116.50
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Traveler: Suzanne Te Beau (from the office of Bud Shuster)
Destination: CHATHAM, MA, VIA BOSTON AND HYANNIS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR SPONSORED BY THE INVEST TO COMPETE ALLIANCE
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,153.00
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Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,100.00
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Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,966.50
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Traveler: Robert Smith (from the office of Robert Smith)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,049.50
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Traveler: Christopher King (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $841.50
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Traveler: John Horner (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: TAMPA - PALM BEACH GARDENS - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
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Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Purpose:
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,055.00
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Traveler: Ali Amirhooshmand (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $679.00
source

Traveler: Bryce Dustman (from the office of Philip Crane)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SUN VALLEY, ID
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,427.50
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Traveler: Katherine Kless (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,735.00
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Traveler: Karin Hope (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT SEMINAR
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,799.50
source

Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SUN VALLEY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,403.50
source

Traveler: Mark Foley (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: CONFERENCE/SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,824.00
source

Traveler: Richard Neal (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,671.00
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Traveler: Joseph Crapa (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: CAPE COD MA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,924.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Bailey (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,111.00
source

Traveler: Ellen Doneski (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: CAPE CAD, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Traveler: James Maloney (from the office of James Maloney)
Destination: CLINTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,127.00
source

Traveler: Kirk Fordham (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: CONFERENCE/SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,305.00
source

Traveler: Michael Capuano (from the office of Michael Capuano)
Destination: LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,013.00
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Traveler: James Conzelman (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: CHATHAM, MASS
Purpose: PANEL MEMBER AND FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,060.75
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Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,060.75
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Traveler: Kathryn Lehman (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: WASH DC
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT SEMINAR ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES INVOLVING TAXES; ENERGY; MANUFACTURING
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,438.00
source

Traveler: John Horner (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: PALM GARDENS, FL
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $729.50
source

Traveler: Hazen Marshall (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Purpose: GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SEMINAR
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,110.00
source

Traveler: Jon Traub (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: DC - SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose: BROAD RANGING DISCUSSIONS ON PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES FACING THE CONGRESS
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
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Traveler: John Horner (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: KETCHUM, IDAHO
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATION CENTER
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,110.00
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Traveler: Mark Foley (from the office of Mark Foley)
Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,970.35
source

Traveler: Bob Brooks (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: NEWPORT, RI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/SEMINARS
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,607.50
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Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: PGA NATIONAL RESORT AND SPA, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ITCA'S WINTER CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Dec 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,844.00
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Traveler: John Fechery (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES FACING AMERICAN WORKGAS
Date: Jul 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.13
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Traveler: Richard Neal (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,090.00
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Traveler: Bob Brooks (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,042.50
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Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN TAX SEMINAR
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.90
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Traveler: Evan Liddiard (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2004 CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,482.01
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Traveler: Kevin Fromer (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: KETCHUM, ID
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,130.90
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Traveler: Robert Holste (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN TAX SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.90
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Traveler: Richard Neal (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jun 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,470.00
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Traveler: Bob Brooks (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: HYANNIS, MA
Purpose: SEMINAR/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,677.74
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Traveler: Michael Enzi (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: CAPE COD, MASSACHUSSETTS
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE "INVEST TO COMPETE ALLIANCE" CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,635.18
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Traveler: Mark Strand (from the office of James Talent)
Destination: PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,346.20
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Traveler: Katherine Kless (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: FACT FINDING/LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $902.20
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Traveler: Kyle Downey (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $960.19
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Traveler: Richard Neal (from the office of Richard Neal)
Destination: WEQUASSETT INN, CHATHAM, MA (BY PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE)
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR/BIPARTISAN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $980.00
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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.