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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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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.
  • 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 | 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.

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WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL, Republican Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $33,632.38

Average cost per trip - $3,363.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 192 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Bates Investment Company
Dates - July 8, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Klamath Falls, OR - Mitchell, OR - The Dalles, OR

Purpose - Observe and discuss BLM access issues across privately owned lands
Notes -

Travel Cost - $416.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Educational; speaker on legislative update panel
Notes - Spouse Mylene Walden accompanied. Other costs for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $746.50
Lodging Cost - $681.26
Meal Cost - $10.44
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $1,498.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Erickson Air-Crane Inc.
Dates - April 13, 2002 - April 13, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - federal transportation issue discussion-educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $150.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 27, 2002 - June 1, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in an educational conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Mylene Walden accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,808.00
Lodging Cost - $1,320.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,328.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - participate in congressional panel
Notes - Spouse Mylene Walden accompanied. 04/04/02 to 04/07/02 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $3,041.64
Lodging Cost - $249.61
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,291.25

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - D.R. Johnson Lumber Co.
Dates - April 2, 2002 - April 2, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Medford, OR

Purpose - discussion of federal forestry issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan

Purpose - educational: interparliamentary exchange
Notes - spouse Mylene Walden accompanied

Travel Cost - $11,080.04
Lodging Cost - $1,990.14
Meal Cost - $1,353.84
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,424.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - official speaking engagement and congressional panel participation at National Association of Broadcasters Convention
Notes - other covers taxi/shuttle from train station to airport

Travel Cost - $2,099.00
Lodging Cost - $318.72
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $2,537.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 16, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - NAB conference; participate in congressional panel
Notes - spouse Mylene Walden - other costs were taxis - 04/16 through 04/18 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $1,343.44
Lodging Cost - $1,144.50
Meal Cost - $197.20
Other Cost - $17.00
Total Cost - $2,702.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - NAB conference; participate in Congressional panel
Notes - Reno, NV - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,075.60
Lodging Cost - $572.25
Meal Cost - $135.20
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $1,873.05

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.