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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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TIAHRT, TODD W, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $72,011.41

Average cost per trip - $5,539.34
Total number of days spent traveling - 63 days
Rank of representative - 70 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - conservative members retreat, educational
Notes - other costs were audiovisuals and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $234.86
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $637.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 10, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kauai, HI

Purpose - aviation industry conference
Notes - spouse Vicki Tiahart

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,996.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,102.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - W.O. Farber Center
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 18, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vermillion, SD - Wichita, KS

Purpose - to speak at the Farber Forum at the University of South Dakota
Notes -

Travel Cost - $819.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $844.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - took wife, Vicki Tiahrt

Travel Cost - $3,100.00
Lodging Cost - $1,225.00
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,375.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $367.06
Meal Cost - $210.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $577.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bombardier Aerospace
Dates - August 14, 2000 - August 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - to see Bombardier's HQ and manufacturing industry
Notes - took wife, Vicki Tiahrt

Travel Cost - $5,678.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,678.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Spouse Vicki Tiahrt accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,200.00
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,025.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Vicki Tiahrt, and sons John and Luke accompanied. Meal costs included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $504.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,454.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - spouse Vicki Tiahrt accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,717.84
Lodging Cost - $1,110.00
Meal Cost - $875.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,702.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 13, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - to enhance relations between America and New Europe
Notes - with spouse Vicki

Travel Cost - $15,609.44
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.44

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Notes - with spouse Vicki and children John and Luke - lodging cost includes meals

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,149.21

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - DCA - Scottsdale, AZ - Wichita, KS

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

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.