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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.

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Trips by*

Evan Liddiard


Total cost of 35 trips: $70,319.32


Trips traveled under the office of Orrin Hatch

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose: ATTEND SPRING TAX COMMITTEE MEETING AND PARTICIPATE IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $712.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO PHOENIX ARIZONA TO SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO A TAX COMMITTEE AT THE ABA TAX SECTION MIDYEAR MEETING
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,574.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2001
Expense: $1,190.00
source

Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA AND TO SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,679.15
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Tax Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON AN INTERNATIONAL TAX PANEL AT THE TAX COUNCIL 2001 SPRING LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,897.06
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOND MARKET ASSOCIATION'S NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $629.00
source

Destination: PARK CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION TAXATION COMMITTEE ON CURRENT TAX ISSUES IN THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jul 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $633.89
source

Destination: ROOSEVELT AND VERNAL, UTAH
Sponsor: Utah Rural Electric Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT RURAL ENERGY ISSUES, INCLUDING RURAL ELECTRIFICATION, OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT, COAL MINING, AND THE TAX ISSUES SURROUNDING THESE ACTIVITIES
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $258.70
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE ABA SUBCHAPTER S PEER GROUP SEMINAR
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $627.43
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT OF THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW, AND TO SEVERAL AUTO MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN AND AROUND THE DETROIT AREA
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,868.80
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL FOREIGN TRADE COUNCIL'S SPRING TAX COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Apr 11, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,447.00
source

Destination: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM TO PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TAX FOUNDATION'S EUROPEAN TAX CONFERENCE
Date: May 24, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $8,425.00
source

Destination: PARK CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Employee-Owned S Corporation of America
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE EMPLOYEE OWNED S CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA "ISSUES 2002" CONFERENCE ABOUT S CORPORATION AND PENSION RELATED ISSUES
Date: Jun 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $859.85
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS FEDERAL TAXATION COMMITTEE AT THE 2002 ANNUAL
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,223.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE FLORIDA
Sponsor: Employee-Owned S Corporation of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL ON TAX ISSUES OF INTEREST TO S CORPORATIONS AT THE ESCA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Jan 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,116.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Tax Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN TWO PANEL DISCUSSIONS, ONE REGARDING PRESIDENT BUSH'S DIVIDENDS PROPOSAL AND THE OTHER REGARDING INTERNATIONAL TAX DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,150.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE (WITH SPOUSE) IN TWO DISCUSSION PANELS AT THE SIA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,251.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, TO LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN EUROPEAN TAX ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,233.00
source

Destination: BANGOR MAINE, IN AND AROUND THE NORTH WOODS OF MAINE
Sponsor: Plum Creek Timber Company Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PLUM CREEK CONGRESSIONAL WOODS TOUR
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,455.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE VALLEY AND WASHINGTON COUNTY UTAH
Sponsor: Utah Rural Electric Association
Purpose: TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND TO TOUR ELECTRICAL FACILITIES IN SOUTHERN UTAH
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $248.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO SAN FRANCISCO, CA IN AND AROUND SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF VISIT TO SEVERAL FACILITIES AND IN SEMINARS PRESENTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SILICON VALLEY TAX DIRECTORS GROUP
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,129.45
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE BOND MARKETS FOR CONGRESSIONAL
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.70
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Employee-Owned S Corporation of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2004 ESCA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,118.00
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2004 CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,482.01
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Tax Council
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TAX COUNCIL AND TCPI 2004 SPRING LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,394.58
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: FOR MYSELF AND SPOUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN SIA'S GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,490.78
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Western Pension & Benefits Conference
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR OF SALT LAKE CITY CHAPTER OF THE WESTERN PENSION BENEFITS CONFERENCE ON MAY 21, 2004
Date: May 20, 2004
Expense: $674.10
source

Destination: AIR TRAVEL FROM SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO KALISPELL MT, TRAIN TRAVEL TO SEATTLE, WA, AIR TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: May 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,588.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Association for Manufacturing Technology
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2004 INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY SHOW
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $941.82
source

Destination: CHARLESTON SC
Sponsor: JK HARRIS & COMPANY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TOURING JK HARRIS & COMPANY'S TAX RESOLUTION OPERATION FACILITY
Date: Oct 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $957.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN METLIFE'S CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON RETIREMENT INCOME
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION/AMERICAN BENEFITS INSTITUTE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PENSION REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Employee-Owned S Corporation of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN ESCA'S ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,028.48
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN SIA'S GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,492.32
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC TO PARIS, FRANCE TO LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TAX FOUNDATION 2005 EUROPEAN INTERNATIONAL TAX CONFERENCE
Date: May 27, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $7,863.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Evan Liddiard.


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.