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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 huge 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 huge 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*

Lance Kotschwar


Total cost of 11 trips: $10,225.97


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANELS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE 108TH CONGRESS THAT IS IMPORTANT TO LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: DAKOTA CITY, NE
Sponsor: Tyson Foods Inc
Purpose: TOUR A LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER FACILITY TO DETERMINE CAPITAL INVESTMENT CHANGES REQUIRED BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING LAW
Date: Jun 6, 2003
Expense: $705.41
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,210.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: THIBODAUX, RARELAND, HOUMA & NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: SUGAR CANE PRODUCTION/REFINING TOUR & BRIEFING
Date: Oct 29, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: WYE WOODS CONF. CNTR, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS/BRIEFINGS W/FOOD SECTOR ANALYSTS
Date: Mar 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $904.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: SPORTSMAN & RANCHERS FOR LAND STEWARDSHIP
Purpose: SPEECH/PRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE REGARDING FARM BILL
Date: Mar 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $466.00
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: ASA ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM & 2002 FARM BILL POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,056.72
source

Destination: LAKE CHARLES & BATON ROUGE, LA
Sponsor: FARM CREDIT BANK OF TX; LOUISIANA FEDERAL LAW BANK
Purpose:
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,143.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Fertilizer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT INSTITUTES ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $431.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS
Sponsor: Fiserv Mortgageserv
Purpose: REVIEW USDA'S DLOS SERVICING CENTER
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,318.34
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lance Kotschwar.


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 huge 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.