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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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  • 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.

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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HUTCHINSON, TIM, Republican Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $11,562.90

Average cost per trip - $1,651.84
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 407 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of the U.S. Army
Dates - February 16, 2000 - February 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - meet with army leadership to discuss army "transformation" and deliver keynote address at the AUSA winter symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - March 16, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - interview with ABC News
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Entergy
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Russellville, AR

Purpose - speech on national energy policy
Notes - good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,050.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Children First America
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Speaker at Children First America vision retreat on education issues and policy.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $850.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,000.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Panda Energy
Dates - August 20, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Purpose - speech on national energy policy
Notes - good faith estimate. Coeur d'Alene, ID - El Dorado, AK

Travel Cost - $1,400.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Dates - March 8, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Attend, speak and participate in the annual conference of the association.
Notes - Actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $2,827.50
Lodging Cost - $1,353.39
Meal Cost - $546.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,726.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - Eureka Springs, AR

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Sponsor not disclosed. Indicates amounts are estimates.Little Rock, AR - Eureka Springs, AR. No dates listed.

Travel Cost - $761.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $761.00

Additional family members - No

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.