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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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Peter Hoekstra


Total cost of 24 office trips: $37,224.55


Trips by Peter Hoekstra
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $25,194.95

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $10,214.00
source

Destination: DEPART DC: MARCH 10; SPEAK MARCH 11; RETURN MARCH 12
Sponsor: COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY ACTION, INC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 10, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,419.00
source

Destination: DEPART DC, MARCH 17 AM/RETURN TO GRAND RAPIDS, MI MARCH 17 PM
Sponsor: Constitutional Coalition
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 17, 2000
Expense: $594.50
source

Destination: SPEAKING SEPT 24TH, CONF. OTHER TIME
Sponsor: American Foundry Society
Purpose: SPEAK REGARDING WORKFORCE/LABOR ISSUES
Date: Sep 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,648.64
source

Destination: MASS. INSTITUTE OF TECH., BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS; KEANE, INC.
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING NEW ENGLAND TECH EXECUTIVES REGARDING ISSUES IMPACTING THE NEW ECONOMY, INC. INTERNET TAXATION, TRADE, HIB VISAS
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $1,244.85
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $156.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: PRECISION METALFORMING ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING AT PMA 2003 ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,336.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL TO AMMAN, JORDAN TO NEW YORK, NY TO DETROIT, MI TO GRAND RAPIX, MI
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: TO BUILD BRIDGES OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES AND JORDAN.
Date: Dec 9, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,888.25
source

Destination: DC-CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $328.21
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Hoekstra

Rebecca Hunt
Rebecca Jones
John Mcdonald
Greg Vanwoerkom
Justin Wormmeester



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.