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.

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.

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Todd Harper


Total cost of 13 trips: $14,392.40


Trips traveled under the office of Paul Kanjorski

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND MERRILL LYNCH
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $801.00
source

Destination: HERSHEY, PA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
Purpose: PANELIST ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AT HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 9, 2000
Expense: $94.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON MORTGAGE INSURANCE ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,328.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Council of Federal Home Loan Banks
Purpose: SPEAK AT & PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,546.40
source

Destination: WILKES BARRE
Sponsor: Sallie Mae Inc
Purpose: SUBSTANTIVE PARTICIPATION AT EVENT AT SALLIE MAE PROCESSING FACILITY IN WILKES-BARRE
Date: Nov 28, 2000
Expense: $1,733.00
source

Destination: WILKES BARRE, PA
Sponsor: Fannie Mae
Purpose: SUBSTANTIVE PARTICIPATION IN HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT
Date: Dec 18, 2000
Expense: $695.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON ECONOMY, SECURITIES ISSUES, BANKING
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Council of Federal Home Loan Banks
Purpose: SPEAKER AT AND PARTICIPANT IN FHLBANK CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,021.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFINGS ON INSURANCE AND ACTUARIAL ISSUES
Date: May 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,401.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN AND SPEAKER AT FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM'S ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,010.00
source

Destination: Orlando, Fl
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONS
Purpose: Speech at and participation in NAFCU CEO's Conference
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: Miami, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: Speech and participation at issues conference
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Todd Harper.


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.