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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.

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Trips by*

Tim Kurth


Total cost of 20 trips: $33,257.74


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CENTRAL OFFICE SITE VISIT AND BRIEFINGS ON DATA RELIEF MEASURES
Date: Feb 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,476.45
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SERVE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL, BRIEFING ON BROADCASTING ISSUES
Date: Apr 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,144.72
source

Destination: DENVER, CO; CHEYENNE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Echostar Corporation
Purpose: SITE VISIT AND BRIEFINGS ON DBS ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, DRESDEN, PRAGUE
Sponsor: Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Purpose: BRIEFING TRIP ON GERMANY AND US RELATIONS
Date: Dec 2, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,580.34
source

Destination: DISNEY GROUNDS IN CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INTERNET ISSUE
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,505.00
source

Destination: ISSUE BRIEFS, VISIT CONVENTION EXHIBITS, LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT ISSUES FACING BROADCAST INDUSTRY, AND SERVE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL TO GIVE CONGRESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $960.93
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS, CONVENTION TOUR, SERVE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,925.69
source

Destination: SITES OF CORPORATE PROPERTIES, SUCH AS AOL IN NORTHERN Virginia, NEHRSCUPE IN SILICON VALLEY AND WARNER STUDIOS IN BURBANK, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT FINDING VISIT ON CALINE, COPYRIGHT AND OTHER INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,637.00
source

Destination: ALASKAN SITES VISITS (KOTZELONE, DILLINGHAN, SILIWEK, FAIRBANKS, ANCHORAGE)
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO LEARN ABOUT HIGHSPEED INTERNET ACCESS, E. RATE EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $4,808.61
source

Destination: NEVADA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: LEARN FIRSTHAND ABOUT EMERGING TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY CONCERNS
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,174.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR ON ASPECTS OF TELECOM ACT NOT BEING FULFILLED; BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT COMPETITION & 27/ PROCESS FOR LONG DISTANCE APPROVAL
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,015.59
source

Destination: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW PRODUCTS, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND IMPEDIMENTS TO INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,128.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT TECH SITES; LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISSUES FACING TELECOM INDUSTRY, SPECIFICALLY BROADBAND-RELATED
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $509.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL VISITS W/ INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES AND TOUR OF CONVENTION EXHIBITS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATE ON ISSUES FACING CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,266.24
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISSUES FACING TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY, AND SERVED ON PANEL
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.27
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ISSUE EDUCATION AND TOUR OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES ON CONVENTION FLOOR
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,611.21
source

Destination: BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON ISSUES FACING CABLE PROGRAMMING AND ACCESS TO DISTRIBUTION
Date: Jan 16, 2004
Expense: $827.11
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: U.S. TELECOM ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASS'N OF MANUFACTURERS, CALIFORNIA TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET ASS'N
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES CONTRACTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,914.08
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL - NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: NCTA AND GCI CABLE
Purpose: ATTEND CABLE CONVENTION AND LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING THE INDUSTRY, AND WHAT NEW PRODUCTS IT PLANS TO DELIVER
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,220.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Tim Kurth.


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.