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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

  • 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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Trips by*

Eric Dell


Total cost of 12 trips: $30,018.53


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Wilson

Destination: NY, KUWAIT
Sponsor: Kuwait
Purpose:
Date: May 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,719.00
source

Destination: FABRIQUE NATIONALE, LIEGE, BELGIUM; EUROSATORY, PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Fn Herstal
Purpose: VISIT CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN LIEGE, AND ATTEND EUROPEAN LAND WARFARE SYSTEMS EXPOSITION IN PARIS
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,600.00
source

Destination: ENGLAND
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY AND HOW IT AFFECTS SOUTH CAROLINA AT SAVANNAH RIVER SITE
Date: May 25, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,979.10
source

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: TO FURTHER MY KNOWLEDGE OF INDIA'S PEOPLE AND IT'S ECONOMY TO HELP MR. WILSON WITH HIS SERVICES AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE INDIA CAUCUS
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,259.85
source

Destination: MANCHESTER, U.K-LONDON
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: VISIT TO NUCLEAR FACILITY AND RAIL SYSTEM TO EDUCATE MYSELF ON ISSUES AFFECTING SAVANNAH RIVER SITE IN OUR DISTRICT
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,156.70
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: TO VISIT SAAB MILITARY PRODUCTION FACILITIES AS THEY RELATE TO ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE ISSUES
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,013.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,588.40
source

Destination: HARTFORD, CT NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Pitney Bowes Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT POSTAL ISSUES AND POSTAL REFORM BILL
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $785.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $852.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-FRANKFURT, GERMANY-KIER, UKRAINE
Sponsor: American Foreign Policy Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES TO SUPREME RADA OF UKRAINE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $1,325.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 2005 BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $181.00
source

Destination: DALLAS/FORT WORTH-HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: NUCOR STEEL
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP IN REFERENCE TO MR. WILSON SERVING AS CHAIRMAN OF STEEL CAUCUS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $559.48
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Eric Dell.


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.