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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

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    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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WELDON, CURT, Republican Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 29
Total cost of trips - $39,809.66

Average cost per trip - $1,372.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 66 days
Rank of representative - 164 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - March 6, 2000 - March 7, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $36.00
Lodging Cost - $69.30
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $122.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Howard University
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Russia

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $559.75
Lodging Cost - $415.89
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,150.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Potomac Foundation
Dates - August 22, 2000 - August 27, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vilnius, Lithuania

Purpose - discussions regarding NATO expansion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,568.40
Lodging Cost - $640.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,308.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harford County Economic Development
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Aberdeen, MD

Purpose - speech
Notes - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $109.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $109.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 14, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - fact finding trip and meeting
Notes - other costs are for "memento"

Travel Cost - $2,730.76
Lodging Cost - $299.10
Meal Cost - $74.24
Other Cost - $28.16
Total Cost - $3,132.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Indiana Firefighters Association Inc.
Dates - February 5, 2001 - February 6, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - keynote speech
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed

Travel Cost - $1,035.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,199.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Young Republicans
Dates - June 15, 2001 - June 15, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - panelist
Notes -

Travel Cost - $651.00
Lodging Cost - $94.00
Meal Cost - $22.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $767.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - January 29, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newport News, VA

Purpose - tour shipyard, educate chairman on ship-building issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $865.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $865.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation
Dates - April 21, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - keynote speech to annual meeting of the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,432.00
Lodging Cost - $159.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,676.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Itera International Energy Corp.
Dates - January 25, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speak on topic of US Russian energy cooperation a the opening event of a Russian energy company
Notes - no specific location

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - August 20, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - keynote speech
Notes - no sponsor listed

Travel Cost - $633.00
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $722.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Code Council
Dates - September 8, 2003 - September 8, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $345.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $345.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northern Kentucky Firefighters
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cincinnati, OH

Purpose - keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $399.00
Lodging Cost - $229.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $628.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Georgia
Dates - November 11, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose -
Notes - no purpose listed - other paid for rental car

Travel Cost - $439.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $106.00
Other Cost - $169.07
Total Cost - $714.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - September 16, 2003 - September 16, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - keynote speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $226.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $226.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Galaxy Tracking Systems
Dates - January 10, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,940.00
Lodging Cost - $2,969.85
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,909.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Analytical Graphics Inc, Missile Defense Conference
Dates - August 17, 2004 - August 18, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - To give the keynote address at the Missile Defense Conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Huntsville, AL / Huntsville, AL to Jacksonville, FL

Travel Cost - $473.50
Lodging Cost - $81.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $555.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Advisory Energy Council
Dates - July 30, 2004 - August 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Yalta, Ukraine

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Yalta, Ukraine

Travel Cost - $4,600.00
Lodging Cost - $694.39
Meal Cost - $48.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,342.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Intl (AUVSI)
Dates - March 29, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - To deliver the keynote address at the AUVSI's annual symposium
Notes - Philadelphia - Huntsville - Philadelphia

Travel Cost - $1,298.30
Lodging Cost - $173.38
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,471.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relative to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee, and the working relationship among it's Members
Notes - Philadelphia - Aspen Wye River Conference Centers, Queenstown, MD

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Infocast
Dates - April 19, 2005 - April 20, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Arlington, VA

Purpose - Keynote speech at Biodefense and Vaccines and Therapeutics conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $375.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $375.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)
Dates - September 20, 2004 - September 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Notes - Philadelphia - Chicago - Washington

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $195.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $195.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Liberty Mutual Group
Dates - October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the "Where's the Fire" Dinner
Notes - Philadelphia - Orlando - Washington

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - EJ Krause
Dates - September 13, 2004 - September 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual US Marine Security Conference and Expo
Notes - Washington - New York City - Washington

Travel Cost - $223.70
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $623.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Texas at Dallas
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Keynote address at the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations Luncheon
Notes - Philadelphia - Dallas - BWI

Travel Cost - $532.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $532.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RAND Corp
Dates - May 21, 2005 - May 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Deliver keynote address at the RAND Business Leader Forum
Notes - Philadelphia - NYC - Philadelphia

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $490.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $490.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Univ
Dates - May 26, 2005 - May 27, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Stanford Institute for International Studies Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,008.39
Lodging Cost - $192.83
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,201.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - General Dynamics
Dates - August 29, 2005 - August 30, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pontiac, MI

Purpose - Site visit of future combat facility
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Pontiac, MI - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $1,272.50
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,482.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Assn of Hazardous Materials Response Specialists
Dates - September 24, 2005 - September 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Norfolk, VA

Purpose - Keynote speech at the Virginia State Hazardous Materials Conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Norfolk, VA - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $691.11
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $691.11

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.