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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.

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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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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.
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    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.
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    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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HOEKSTRA, PETER, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $25,194.95

Average cost per trip - $2,519.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 257 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - discussion of 20 leading New England tech executives regarding issues impacting the new economy, Inc. internet taxation, trade, HIB Visas
Notes - additional expense is thank-you gift

Travel Cost - $1,138.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $1,244.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Accompanied by wife Diane Hoekstra

Travel Cost - $6,516.00
Lodging Cost - $1,546.00
Meal Cost - $872.00
Other Cost - $1,280.00
Total Cost - $10,214.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Council for National Policy
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $857.00
Lodging Cost - $262.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,419.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Constitutional Coalition, St. Louis, Mo.
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Rapids, MI

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $579.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $594.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Foundry Society
Dates - November 23, 2000 - November 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speak regarding workforce/labor issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.00
Lodging Cost - $730.64
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational purpose
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $156.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Precision Metalforming Association
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaking at Precision Metalforming Association 2003 Annual Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,054.50
Lodging Cost - $282.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,336.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 22, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $139.08
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $328.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - to build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Jordan
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,948.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $339.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,888.25

Additional family members - No

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.