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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*

Kenneth Kraft


Total cost of 10 trips: $52,732.51


Trips traveled under the office of David Hobson

Destination: JAKARTA, YOGYAKARTA, AND BALI, INDONESIA
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $6,766.50
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,131.26
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: ASSESS EUROPEAN UNION AND NATO ENLARGEMENT AND REORGANIZATION
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,565.20
source

Destination: JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR JAPANESE NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,593.38
source

Destination: GERMANY
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TOUR UNITED STATES MILITARY AND GENERAL ATOMICS INSTALLATIONS
Date: Aug 15, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,192.83
source

Destination: BEIRUT, LEBANON - DAMASCUS, SYRIA - BEIRUT, LEBANON
Sponsor: American Task Force for Lebanon
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM LEBANON AND SYRIA ABOUT FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENSE, AND TRADE MATTERS
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,581.24
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND - NORMANDY, FRANCE
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO VISIT BRITISH DEFENSE INSTALLATIONS, PRIVATE AND UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FACILITIES, UNITED STATES NAVY RESEARCH ACTIVITIES, AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION SITE
Date: Jul 25, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $11,554.90
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND BETTER U.S.-SINGAPORE TRADE AND DEFENSE RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,038.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON - ULAAN BAATAR - NEW YORK
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: TO ASSIST THE STATE GREAT HURAL (PARLIAMENT OF MONGOLIA) TO ESTABLISH COMMITTEE RULES AND HEARING PROCEDURES
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,664.00
source

Destination: RABAT, MOROCCO-MARRAKECH-CASABLANCA
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: EXPLORE MOROCCAN ISSUES-ESPECIALLY RELATIONSHIP WITH U.S., FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO, WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kenneth Kraft.


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.