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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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  • 08.28.14

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  • 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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Office of

Orrin Hatch


Total cost of 152 office trips: $258,251.68


Trips by Orrin Hatch
Total cost of congressperson's 33 trips: $36,466.87

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: California Republican Party
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Feb 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,606.35
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: American Legion
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Sep 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,282.77
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEECH/PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: THE NEVADA CHAPTER OF THE FEDERAL BAR
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $715.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: HILDE GERST POLITICAL ROUNDTABLE
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN POLITICAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $679.50
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $550.00
source

Destination: MONROE, NC
Sponsor: Wingate University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,251.50
source

Destination: LAMONI, IA
Sponsor: Graceland University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,083.38
source

Destination: ALBANY, NY
Sponsor: MORTON'S RESTAURANT GROUP INC
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $394.10
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT BUYERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: California Utah Women
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,286.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FORUM (4 DAY EVENT)
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,711.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $164.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORDING MERCHANDISERS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $683.08
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Basic Books
Purpose: BOOK EXPO CONVENTION - SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 4, 2002
Expense: $153.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: PFIZER MEDICAL FUTURES FORUM - SPEECH
Date: Oct 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $569.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $496.95
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: University of Alabama
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SCHOOL OF LAW
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $945.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: TEXAS GENERAL COUNSEL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,535.81
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX TO HOUSTON, TX, WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: University of Houston
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,055.12
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TULSA, OK TO SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Wiltel Communications
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,107.50
source

Destination: EVANSVILLE, IN TO MCLEANSBORO, IL
Sponsor: Utah Jazz
Purpose: ATTEND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MRS. BOBBYE SLOAN (WIFE OF JERRY SLOAN - A HEAD COACH OF THE UTAH JAZZ)
Date: Jun 26, 2003
Expense: $693.30
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,356.50
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO HOUSTON, TX TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Huntsman Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT (ACCOMPANIED BY MRS. HATCH)
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,013.40
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT GAPONC COMPANY CEO ROUNDTABLE AND RETREAT
Date: Feb 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,078.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Leucadia National Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH TO LEUCADIA CORPORATION EXECUTIVES. SPEECH WAS ON APRIL 2, BUT SENATOR HATCH STAYED UNTIL APRIL 5 (AT NO ADDITIONAL EXPENSE TO LEUCADIA) AND RETURNED TO WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH LEUCADIA. LEUCADIA'S PLANE WOULD HAVE RETURNED TO D.C. ON APRIL 5TH REGAR
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,041.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: RealNetworks Inc
Purpose: SPEECH AND MEET WITH EXECUTIVES OF REAL NETWORKS - REIMBURSEMENT IS FOR AIRFARE FOR MRS. HATCH WHO ACCOMPANIED SENATOR HATCH AND PARTICIPATED IN THIS TRIP
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $606.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH AND MEET WITH EXECUTIVES OF MICROSOFT CORPORATION AND REAL NETWORKS
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,058.20
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,682.73
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: PACKARD AND ASSOCIATES
Purpose: AIRFARE FOR MRS. HATCH TO ACCOMPANY SENATOR HATCH FOR SPEECH AT THE COMMEMORATION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE U.S. MORMON BATTALION
Date: Feb 26, 2005
Expense: $553.40
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: THE LDS CHURCH
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE COMMEMORATION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE U.S. MORMON BATTALION
Date: Feb 26, 2005
Expense: $553.40
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA TO SALT LAKE CITY AND ON TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Leucadia National Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH TO LEUCADIA EXECUTIVES IN SALT LAKE CITY (ACCOMPANIED BY MRS. HATCH)
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Expense: $1,579.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Orrin Hatch

Juliann Andreen
Bruce Artim
Shawn Bentley
David Best
Melanie Bowen
Jared Brown
Christopher Campbell
Susan Cobb
Kent Cook
Patricia Deloatche
Makan Delrahim
Robert Foreman
Tanya Green
Jace Johnson
David Jones
Garett Jones
Patricia Knight
Karen Lamontagne
Evan Liddiard
Paul Matulic
Lee Otis
Rita Redberg
Mathew Sandgren
Rebecca Seidel
Rebecca Shipp
Scott Simpson
Ryan Triplette



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.