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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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    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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Trips sponsored by

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)


Total cost of 46 trips: $95,903.21


Traveler: Rebecca Mandell (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TOUR OF FACILITIES
Date: Mar 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,498.88
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STATE LEGISLATORS CONF. IN ATLANTA, GA
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,448.30
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER TO GROUP OF CEO'S REPRESENTING AMERICA'S PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES
Date: Mar 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,606.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Walter (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NAPLES; TAMPA
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SEN. BREAUX TO STAFF HIM AT PHRMA ANNUAL CONVENTION - GAVE KEYNOTE SPEECH ON MARCH 31, 2001
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: Jim Greenwood (from the office of Jim Greenwood)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL / ALLENTOWN, PA
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONF.
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,137.38
source

Traveler: Damon Nelson (from the office of George Radanovich)
Destination: GROTON, CT - NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TOUR OF PHARMACEUTICAL FACILITIES
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,151.86
source

Traveler: Trent Bauserman (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination:
Purpose: TOUR PHARMACEUTICAL FACILITIES OF PFIZER INC AND MERCK AND CO.
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,205.92
source

Traveler: Amy Pellegrino (from the office of Robert Simmons)
Destination: PFIZER GLOBAL R&D HQ, MERCK RESEARCH LABORATORIES
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,151.86
source

Traveler: Michelle Yahng (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: GROTON, CT
Purpose: GAIN UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE & RESEARCH ASPECTS OF BRINGING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO MARKET
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $533.83
source

Traveler: Lynn Hershey (from the office of Chris John)
Destination: CONNECTICUT, NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF PHARMACEUTICAL FACILITIES
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,152.00
source

Traveler: Mark Schroeder (from the office of Paul Gillmor)
Destination:
Purpose: HEADQUARTERS TOURS
Date: Jan 16, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,205.92
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: PHRMA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,600.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Walter (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SENATOR TO SPEECH TO PHRMA ANNUAL CONVENTION: TOPIC WAS MEDICARE REFORM/PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,490.00
source

Traveler: Bill Frist (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 22, 2002
Expense: $3,467.91
source

Traveler: Benjamin Good (from the office of Conrad Burns)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TO CULTIVATE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ISSUES INCLUDING RESEARCH CANCER TREATMENT AND MEDICARE COVERAGE
Date: May 24, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,586.00
source

Traveler: Sandra Caron (from the office of Jon Corzine)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TOUR OF BIOTECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,378.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Macdonald (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF PHARMACEUTICALS
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,639.50
source

Traveler: Linda Rouse (from the office of Craig Thomas)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,378.00
source

Traveler: Jack Silzel (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: WA, DC-BOSTON-VISIT WYETH, MILLENIUM, & GENZYME
Purpose: BRIEFING & FACT FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,507.50
source

Traveler: Kendall Van Pool (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: WA, DC-BOSTON-VISIT WYETH, MILLENIUM & GENZYME
Purpose: BRIEFING & FACT FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.00
source

Traveler: Mickey Forrest (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND COMPANIES & HOW FEDERAL LEGISLATION AFFECTS THIS INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,222.11
source

Traveler: Bill Womack (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: DC - SAN DIEGO
Purpose: TOUR BIOMEDICAL FACILITIES IN SAN DIEGO AREA
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,187.27
source

Traveler: Jeff Donarski (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: GREATER SAN DIEGO/LA JOLLA REGION
Purpose: VISIT PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES AND ATTEND POLICY LECTURES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,963.24
source

Traveler: Jason Van Pelt (from the office of Edward Whitfield)
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: TOUR PHARMACEUTICAL & BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,959.39
source

Traveler: Deirdre Onizuk (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: VISIT JOHNSON & JOHNSON, NOVARTIS, ETC. PAULA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, PRODUCTION
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,194.67
source

Traveler: Chris Yianilos (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: SAN DIEGO AND LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON DRUG APPROVAL PROCESS AND R&D
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,209.44
source

Traveler: George Allen (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT ANNUAL MEETING FOR PHRMA AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $911.75
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO ADDRESS A GROUP OF CEOS REPRESENTING AMERICA'S PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AT PHRMA'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,101.71
source

Traveler: W.J. Tauzin (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NAPLES, FL
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,234.69
source

Traveler: Robert Kincaid (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA REGION (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR TO OBTAIN A DETAILED UNDERSTANDING OF THE RESEARCH-INTENSIVE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,134.33
source

Traveler: Lionel Collins (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: NORTH CAROLINA
Purpose: TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES: ELI LILLY, GLAXO SMITH KLINE, AND MEREK
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,086.45
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Kirhland (from the office of David Price)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,155.73
source

Traveler: Kim Zimmerman (from the office of Ben Nelson)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,100.00
source

Traveler: Brian Nagle (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: GREATER SAN FRANCISCO, CA REGION
Purpose: SITE VISIT FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,474.35
source

Traveler: Lawrence Pacheco (from the office of Mark Udall)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TOUR ROCHE & ALZA FACILITIES IN PALO ALTO, CA AND STAFF BRIEFINGS
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,753.71
source

Traveler: Colleen Maloney (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: SAN FRAN
Purpose: FACILITIES TOURS
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,310.61
source

Traveler: Suzanne Farmer (from the office of Ed Pastor)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,310.61
source

Traveler: Valerie Henry (from the office of Greg Walden)
Destination: WASH DC/DULLES AIRPORT TO SAN FRANCISCO/SFO; CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF ROCHE LABORATORY AND AIZA RESEARCH LABORATORY; HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS IN DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: TOUR OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH FACILITIES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTS FOR BIOLOGICS AND PHARMACEUTICALS
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,226.71
source

Traveler: Orrin Harrison (from the office of Pete Sessions)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: LEG BRIEFING ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & OTHER ISSUES FACING THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,254.21
source

Traveler: Joshua Saltzman (from the office of Pete Sessions)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND OTHER ISSUES FACING THE HEALTH CARE FIELD
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,254.21
source

Traveler: Vera Lebrun (from the office of Chris John)
Destination: TOURED LAB FACILITIES IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS/LECTURES ON DOMESTIC PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Date: Sep 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,390.45
source

Traveler: Linda Rouse (from the office of Craig Thomas)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,758.88
source

Traveler: Robert Joseph Trauger (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,503.88
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO BOARD MEMBERS ON KEY ISSUES
Date: Apr 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,288.00
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: NEW YORK TO WEST PALM BEACH TO ST. CROIX
Purpose: PANELIST: ACCESS TO MEDICINE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,914.95
source

Traveler: Brian Pomper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: SPEAK AT PHRMA CONVENTION
Date: Jan 11, 2005
Expense: $355.00
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

  • 08.28.14

    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.