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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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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.

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GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR, Republican Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $44,231.99

Average cost per trip - $2,457.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 78 days
Rank of representative - 144 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,177.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $167.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,662.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - February 3, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - SCI Annual Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $319.20
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $594.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan House Agriculture Committee Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $20.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arctic Power
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Valdez, AK

Purpose - 2001 ANWR Congressional Tour
Notes - Child Margie Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,059.60
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,457.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany

Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,209.80
Lodging Cost - $619.59
Meal Cost - $216.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,046.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $36.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $311.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Galveston, TX

Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Notes - spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,676.00
Lodging Cost - $657.60
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,633.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,855.50
Lodging Cost - $556.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,611.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,870.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Mary Gutknecht accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,260.00
Lodging Cost - $1,511.07
Meal Cost - $715.90
Other Cost - $307.15
Total Cost - $3,794.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutkencht -

Travel Cost - $1,348.54
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,179.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 17, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - conference and speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutkencht - other expenses were hotel fees and registration for conference

Travel Cost - $1,107.00
Lodging Cost - $1,085.96
Meal Cost - $684.00
Other Cost - $360.00
Total Cost - $3,236.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Munich, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Atlanticsts
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Warrenton, VA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - spouse - Mary Gutknecht

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $370.98
Meal Cost - $69.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $440.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $153.89
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $481.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Washington, DC - Berlin, Germany - day trip to Brussels, Belgium - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany 3/23 - 3/24

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Twin Cities, MN

Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Notes - Including spouse Travel to and from at personal expense

Travel Cost - $103.25
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,179.25

Additional family members - Yes

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.