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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*

Brad Smith


Total cost of 14 trips: $28,505.68


Trips traveled under the office of David Dreier

Destination: INDONESIA
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,405.00
source

Destination: BRAZIL
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,464.63
source

Destination: NAPA CA
Sponsor: United Distillers and Vintners North America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,276.00
source

Destination: BURBANK, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,285.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $622.00
source

Destination: HANOI-SAIGAN, VIETNAM
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $799.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN FRANCISCO-LA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose:
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,499.51
source

Destination: ECUADOR
Sponsor: Galapagos Conservancy
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,543.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT 2003
Purpose: CA DELEGATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $823.19
source

Destination: WASH. D.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL/ MEXICO CITY/ LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,047.30
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BI-CAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brad Smith.


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.