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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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 | 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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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

General Electric Co


Total cost of 40 trips: $72,274.00


Traveler: Bob Barr (from the office of Bob Barr)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: INTERVIEW
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $428.60
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEAR ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $9,550.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 23, 2000
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $775.00
source

Traveler: Jean Carnahan (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THE TODAY SHOW"
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $552.34
source

Traveler: Anthony Wyche (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: APPEARANCE OF SENATOR JEAN CARNAHAN ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $552.34
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Jan 28, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON TODAY SHOW
Date: Apr 27, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Apr 29, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Jun 10, 2001
Expense: $142.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jun 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $419.76
source

Traveler: Charles Schumer (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: EAST HAMPTON NY TO WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 1, 2001
Expense: $1,540.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: DELAWARE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,942.99
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM LAUREL, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,040.70
source

Traveler: Henry Hyde (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON
Purpose: TELEVISION APPEARANCE
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Traveler: Blaine Aaron (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON "HARDBALL" TELEVISION SHOW
Date: Oct 2, 2002
Expense: $620.00
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: TRAVEL FOR APPEARANCE ON MSNBC PROGRAM
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: ASSIST SENATOR DURING MSNBC TV APPEARANCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Karen Dunn (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY TO DULLES
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR'S APPEARANCE ON HARDBALL
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON NBC'S "TODAY" SHOW
Date: Feb 4, 2003
Expense: $147.00
source

Traveler: Lindsey Graham (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: COLOMBIA, SC TO DULLES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 1, 2003
Expense: $601.50
source

Traveler: Steve Buyer (from the office of Steve Buyer)
Destination: IND-LGA-DCA
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $810.00
source

Traveler: John Mccain (from the office of John Mccain)
Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Purpose: INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS "HARDBALL"
Date: Apr 23, 2003
Expense: $1,913.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 5, 2003
Expense: $294.05
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 25, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTONG, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 20, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR GE MEDICAL SYSTEM CEO HEALTHCARE SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,272.31
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: TRAVEL FROM CAPE HENLOPEN, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC, RETURNING TO CAPE MAY, NJ
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,979.50
source

Traveler: Daniel O'brien (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ASHVILLE, NC
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SENATOR BIDEN TO A TELEVISION APPEARANCE
Date: Oct 11, 2003
Expense: $359.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ASHEVILLE, NC TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $6,983.90
source

Traveler: Paul Sarbanes (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE TELEVISION PROGRAM, "LOUIS RUCKEYSER'S WALL STREET"
Date: Nov 7, 2003
Expense: $383.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
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

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 1, 2004
Expense: $1,074.45
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Lowe (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,163.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Bonar (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING WIND ENERGY AND INTECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,239.22
source

Traveler: Kurt Bilas (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: SEE WIND TURBINE FARMS AND LEARN ABOUT IP PIRACY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,304.22
source

Traveler: Michael Holland (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS TO BURBANK
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WIND PRODUCTION (ELECTRICITY) AND ENTERTAINMENT ASPECTS OF GE AND THOSE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO GE; INCLUDING TAX, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PIRACY, TRADE, AND ENERGY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,239.22
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUNDTRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Expense: $1,450.00
source



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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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.