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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $16,672.77

Average cost per trip - $1,852.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 341 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - East Tennessee Economic Council
Dates - June 16, 2000 - June 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Knoxville, TN

Purpose - informational-tour of oak ridge nat'l laboratory
Notes -

Travel Cost - $803.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $813.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Dates - August 12, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Traverse City, MI

Purpose - MAB Annual Conference-Speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Allstate
Dates - May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speech and tour
Notes - spouse, Sandie

Travel Cost - $1,100.52
Lodging Cost - $168.95
Meal Cost - $128.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,397.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 2, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.17
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $149.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Baltic American Freedom League
Dates - March 25, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - keynote speaker to accept Baltic freedom award
Notes - orig had total in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $202.92
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $908.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Sandie Knollenberg

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - March 16, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes - other expenses include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $631.00
Lodging Cost - $290.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $163.40
Total Cost - $1,084.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Sandie Knollenberg accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,535.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - IAD - Budapest / Budapest - IAD (Dulles - Budapest - Dulles) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $6,970.33
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $9,217.31

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.