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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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Office of

Curt Weldon


Total cost of 57 office trips: $123,069.57


Trips by Curt Weldon
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $39,118.55

Destination: SPEAKER AT 3RD ANNUAL BUSINESS DEV. SYMPOSIUM
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $122.30
source

Destination: SPEAKING TO STATE DUMA OF RUSSIAN FED
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,150.64
source

Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS REGARDING NATO EXPANSION
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,308.40
source

Destination: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR INDIANA FIREFIGHTER DINNER
Sponsor: Indiana Firefighters Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Feb 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,199.00
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: INSTITUTE OF STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (ISIS) MALAYSIA; US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP & MEETINGS
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,132.26
source

Destination: ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND
Sponsor: Hardford County MD Office of Economic Development
Purpose: SPEECH AT TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
Date: Jun 11, 2001
Expense: $109.20
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: YOUNG REPUBLICANS
Purpose: PANEL GUEST AT NAT. YOUNG REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $767.00
source

Destination: DEPART PHILADELPHIA, ARRIVE NEWPORT NEWS TOUR SHIPYARD DEPART NN ARRIVE BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATE THE CHAIRMAN ON SHIPBUILDING ISSUES
Date: Jan 29, 2002
Expense: $865.00
source

Destination: DEPART PHILADELPHIA ARRIVE SEATTLE, DEPART SEATTLE ARRIVE DULLES
Sponsor: Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH TO THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FOUNDATION FOR RUSSIAN AMERICAN ECONOMIC COOPERATION
Date: Apr 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,676.00
source

Destination: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT OPENING EVENT OF RUSSIAN ENERGY COMPANY
Sponsor: ITERA CORP.
Purpose: SPEAK ON THE TOPIC OF US-RUSSIAN ENERGY COOPERATION
Date: Jan 25, 2003
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: NORTHERN KENTUCKY/CINCINATI
Sponsor: Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $628.00
source

Destination: HUNTSVILLE, AL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $722.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Sep 8, 2003
Expense: $345.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA-BOSTON, MA-ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Sep 16, 2003
Expense: $226.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: University of Georgia
Purpose:
Date: Nov 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $714.07
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: SRA International
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $9,909.85
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA - DALLAS - BWI
Sponsor: University of Texas
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE DALLAS COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS LUNCHEON
Date: Jan 23, 2004
Expense: $532.20
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA - YALTA, UKRAINE
Sponsor: International Energy Advisory Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Jul 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,342.39
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA TO HUNTSVILLE, AL TO JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: ANALYTICAL GRAPHICS, INC. AND THE MISSLE DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Purpose: TO GIVE THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE MISSLE DEFENSE CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $555.14
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: EJ Krause & Associates Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE 3RD ANNUAL U.S. MARINE SECURITY CONFERENCE AND EXPO
Date: Sep 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $623.70
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA - CHICAGO - WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTROCAUTICS
Date: Sep 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $195.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA - ORLANDO - WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Liberty Mutual Insurance Co
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE "WHERE'S THE FIRE" DINNER
Date: Oct 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $225.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA-ASPEN WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTERS P.O. BOX 222, QUEENSTOWN, MD 21658
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
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
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: HUNSTVILLE
Sponsor: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE AUVSI'S ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,471.68
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Infocast Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH AT BIODEFENSE VACCINES AND THERAPEUTICS CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 19, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: RAND CORPORATION
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE RAND BUSINESS LEADER FORUM
Date: May 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $490.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE STANFORD INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,201.22
source

Destination: PONTIAC, MI
Sponsor: General Dynamics Corporation
Purpose: SITE VISIT OF FUTURE COMBAT FACILITY
Date: Aug 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,482.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Curt Weldon

A Michael Barbera
Sarah Bones
Greg Calhoun
Russell Caso
Michael Conallen
Ethan Cooper
Mary Girard
Xenia Horczakiwskyj
Mark Lenker
Michael Schuttloffel
Angela Sowa



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.