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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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  • 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.

Back to The Data

Trips by*

John Horner


Total cost of 12 trips: $25,628.41


Trips traveled under the office of J.C. Watts

Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,116.50
source

Destination: TOKYO - KYOTO
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH JAPANESE GOVERNMENT
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $9,282.56
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - TAMPA
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,720.45
source

Destination: TAMPA - PALM BEACH GARDENS - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: DELHI - BOMBAY - BANVALDRE
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $6,191.40
source

Destination: MONTREAL
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: PALM GARDENS, FL
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $729.50
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VA.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: NYC, NY
Sponsor: American Association of Advertising Agencies
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AND EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $625.00
source

Destination: KETCHUM, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATION CENTER
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,110.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Horner.


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.