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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*

Cameron Gilreath


Total cost of 17 trips: $24,459.49


Trips traveled under the office of Judy Biggert

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $840.42
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Society for Womens Health Research
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Lamar Smith

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,813.75
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,089.00
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: Business Software Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $727.10
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,708.61
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,010.00
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: BMG
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $577.94
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.10
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 20, 2003
Expense: $584.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEADERS IN TECH. EDUCATIONAL PROG.
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,072.80
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: DUTKO GROUP-ALCATEL, AMAZON, ACT, ATT, GIA, INFINEON, LEVEL(3) COMMUNICATIONS, LUCENT, MICROSOFT, NCTA, SBCA, SPRIN, VONTU, YAB
Purpose:
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $792.15
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,902.88
source

Destination: WASH DC-LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,985.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SARASOTA/LONGBOAT KEY
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,943.31
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON PEACE AT NAT'L CONVENTION
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.73
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Cameron Gilreath.


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.