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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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  • 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 | 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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Trips by*

James Conzelman


Total cost of 31 trips: $75,437.64


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: LAS VEGAS TO DENVER
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $879.00
source

Destination: MAUI, HAWAII
Sponsor: NATIONAL MS SOCIETY
Purpose: 1ST PLACE PRIZE FOR M.S.S BIKE TOUR
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $920.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,320.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS-ORLANDO FLORIDA-WASH. DULLES
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING PARTICIPANT, FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,695.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Sprint Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $929.00
source

Destination: PONTE VEDRA, FLA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT ON POLICY ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,532.33
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT/FACT FINDING
Date: May 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,112.00
source

Destination: BILLINGS, MT
Sponsor: PPL Corporation
Purpose: SEMINAR AND FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,262.11
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT-FIND STAFF RETREAT
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,533.38
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Sep 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,925.90
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,400.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.15
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL MS SOCIETY
Purpose: 1ST PLACE 2000 BIKE TOUR
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (15 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: CHATHAM, MASS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PANEL MEMBER AND FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,060.75
source

Destination: PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,016.19
source

Destination: PERTHSHIRE-EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND-D.C.
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,042.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 17, 2001
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER W. VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT - FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source

Destination: SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV
Sponsor: STENNIS CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $266.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,064.77
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: American Council of Life Insurance
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON OFFICIAL PANEL FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,498.22
source

Destination: LONDON
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 9, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $10,265.18
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC R/T TO KONA, HI
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 5, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,397.01
source

Destination: DC TO MIAMI FLORIDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: BERN, BRIENZ, BASEL, GENEVA, ZURICH
Sponsor: Government of Switzerland
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,870.79
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT, FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,635.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 4, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $426.00
source

Destination: DENVER COLORADO-KEY BISCAYNE-WASH. DC
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEAKER ON PANEL
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $3,019.71
source

Destination: ROBAT, MOROCCO-CASABLANCA-MARVAKECH
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,655.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named James Conzelman.


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.