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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 big 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 big 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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Trips by*

John Dusik


Total cost of 8 trips: $10,534.49


Trips traveled under the office of Jerry Weller

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO EXAMINE BEST PRACTICES IN TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES, AND OTHER ISSUES OF CONCERN, RE: E-COMMERCE
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $569.84
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: University of Chicago
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SYSTEM
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $501.33
source

Destination: AUSTIN-DALLAS
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIAL CO, DELL, HPCOMP. INTEL CORP SOLECTRON CORP. TEXAS INST.
Purpose: TO SEC FIRST HAND, THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE HIGH TECH MANUFACTURING SECTOR. - VISITS TO CORPS HELPED ILLUSTRATE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.84
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Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Medco Health Solutions Inc
Purpose: VISIT THE HEADQUARTERS AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITY OF MEDCO'S OPERATION ON THE EAST COAST, TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR PBM BUSINESS AND THE PBM INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE.
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,388.65
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Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: TO SEE FIRST HAND, THE INNER WORKINGS OF MANUFACTURING. ILLUSTRATE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY ON ECONOMY & WORKFORCE, DISCUSS HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT MANUF. SECTOR
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.93
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Destination: BEIJING, URUMXI, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Sponsor: US-China Policy Foundation
Purpose: TO GAIN A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF VARIOUS POLICY AREAS AS THEY RELATE TO U.S./CHINA RELATIONS ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO TRADE. MANUFACTURING, MONETARY POLICY, FOREIGN RELATIONS, AND OVERSEAS INVESTMENT.
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,690.00
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Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: ROCHE CHEMICALS/MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Purpose: TO OBSERVE A LIVE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT VIA LATHROSCOPIC SURGERY AND LEARN * THE STATE OF THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT COMMUNITY IN GENERAL, AT THE UNIVERSITY INSPECIFIC
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $715.77
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Destination: CHICAGO, O'HARE
Sponsor: NAM/PEPSICO/BAXTER/USG/SMURFIT-STORE CATERPILLAR/QUALITY FLOATWORKS/SIGNADE/BOEING
Purpose: TO EXAMINE, FIRST HAND, THE INTRICACIES OF THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF MANUFACTURING ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, POLICY DISCUSSIONS ON MANUFACTURING
Date: Aug 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,162.13
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* - Trips by all travelers named John Dusik.


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 big 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.