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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.

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    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

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  • 08.27.14

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    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
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    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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Trips sponsored by

World Economic Forum


Total cost of 45 trips: $191,482.86


Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT AND ATTENDED MEETINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $8,606.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $7,490.53
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,640.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: NY, NY TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,919.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND GIVE PRESENTATIONS ON AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVES
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Traveler: Doug Bereuter (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,440.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,052.10
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: ZURICH
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MTG.
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,161.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: TUCSON, AZ - DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: DAVOS SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT ON PANEL
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,211.00
source

Traveler: Doug Bereuter (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,881.00
source

Traveler: Dianne Feinstein (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORUM'S 30TH ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $180.00
source

Traveler: Robert Torricelli (from the office of Robert Torricelli)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Traveler: Orrin Hatch (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: SPEECH/PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Dodd (from the office of Christopher Dodd)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $6,038.56
source

Traveler: James Moran (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF NATO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,450.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,292.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: MIAMI, FL - CANCUN, MEXICO - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: FORUM MEETINGS
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,465.00
source

Traveler: Bob Graham (from the office of Bob Graham)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,727.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Smith (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,156.00
source

Traveler: Orrin Hatch (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FORUM (4 DAY EVENT)
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,711.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $927.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,009.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,833.50
source

Traveler: Sander Levin (from the office of Sander Levin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,993.50
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: GREENBRIER-NEW YORK CITY (LA GUARDIA)-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,802.00
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH WORLD ECONOMIC LEADERS
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.50
source

Traveler: William Thomas (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,742.00
source

Traveler: Rob Portman (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2002
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN WEF ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $270.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FORUM PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,004.22
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: ZURICH
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,755.66
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Rob Portman (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: CINCINNATI/ZURICH/WASHINGTON
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN PARTICIPATED IN FORUM
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,907.84
source

Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MEETING IN DAVOS
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $9,464.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 20, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,349.40
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM MEETINGS AS PART OF CODEL PORTMAN.
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $864.01
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FORUM
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,983.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,058.58
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,878.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS, MEET WITH WORLD LEADERS
Date: Jan 25, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,549.58
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,475.38
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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    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.