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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

  • 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*

Johanna Mikes


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,639.95


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Boucher

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TO VIEW CONSUMER WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES INCLUDING INTERACTIVE 3G BROAD BAND APPLICATIONS AND SECURITY APPLICATIONS
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $721.12
source

Destination: DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT-FINDING OF COMPETITIVE LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATION MARKET AND COMPETITIVE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,111.71
source

Destination: DULLES, VIRGINIA; LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN FRANCISCO CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: FACT-FINDING OF UPCOMING TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS, THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND THE INTERNET SERVICES PROVIDER INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,733.75
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO VIEW CONSUMERS TECHNOLOGIES FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND NETWORKING, HIGH DEFINITION TELEVISION, COMPUTING INTERACTIVE AND BROADBAND APPLICATIONS, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,501.99
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: THE DUTKO GROUP (ALCATEL, ASSOC. FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, LEVEL 3, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, TELCORDIA, VERISIGN, XO COMMUNICATIONS, USDA)
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY POLICY LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ADDRESSING TELECOMMUNICATIONS, COPYRIGHT, CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY ISSUES. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: SEE DEMONSTRATIONS OF CABLE SET-UP, BOX TECHNOLOGY AND DISCUSS POLICY
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,852.21
source

Destination: REDMOND, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: GAIN INFORMATION ON STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING SOFTWARE, INTERNET AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.21
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TO EXAMINE DEPLOYMENT OF FIBER OPTIC FACILITIES IN TELECOM NETWORK AND STUDY EFFECTS OF TELECOM INDUSTRY ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,064.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose:
Date: Mar 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,991.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Johanna Mikes.


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.