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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.

Back to The Data

Trips by*

Brandon Steinmann


Total cost of 7 trips: $10,126.81


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Feeney

Destination: TRIP TO JACKSONVILLE, ORLANDO, AND KEYWEST FLORIDA POWER FACILITIES
Sponsor: FLORIDA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION AND FLORIDA MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT PUBLIC POWER IN GENERAL AND SPECIFICALLY ABOUT FLORIDA'S COMMUNITY-OWNED ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,885.27
source

Destination: PANEL PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS THROUGHOUT FRIDAY P.M. AND SATURDAY
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSOCIATION FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINCOM, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, SPRINT, AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Purpose: TO RECEIVE PRESENTATIONS ON VARIOUS ISSUES AFFECTING THE INTERACT AND THE WORLD OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $715.10
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO GET A CLOSE-UP VIEW OF THE CABLE INDUSTRY; DISCUSS THE CURRENT CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION THAT EFFECTS THEIR INDUSTRY, DISCUSSION OF CURRENT FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND THE FUTURE AFFAIR ACCESS TO CONSUMERS IN THE CABLE VERSUS SATELLITE ARENA
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,691.14
source

Destination: SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS, AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SBC, AND SOLECTRON CORP
Purpose: THIS 3 DAY FORUM ALLOWED STAFF TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE INNER WORKINGS OF HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING. A SERIES OF COMPANY VISITS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES HELPED ILLUSTRATE THE IMPACT OF THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE AND SERVE AS A BA
Date: May 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $905.90
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ric Keller

Destination: REVIEW OF RIDE SAFETY AND ACCESSABILITY AT UNIVERSAL & WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: REVIEW OF RIDE SAFETY AND ACCESSABILITY AT MAJOR AMUSEMENT PARKS
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,118.48
source

Destination:
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP ANALYZING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY/COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Anne Northup

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY / LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INDUSTRY RELATED
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.92
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brandon Steinmann.


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.