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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*

Ari Strauss


Total cost of 16 trips: $21,917.98


Trips traveled under the office of Tim Holden

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Purpa Reform Group
Purpose: EDUCATION ON PURPA REFORM
Date: Jan 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $542.36
source

Destination: PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, STATE COLLEGE, PA
Sponsor: Eastern Meat Packers Association
Purpose: I WAS A SPEAKER AT THEIR CONVENTION
Date: Sep 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $110.34
source

Destination: TAIWAN (W/ LAYOVER IN LA ON 2/3 & 2/4)
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $3,950.00
source

Destination: EUGENE OREGON
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: EDUCATION ON FORESTRY ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,895.20
source

Destination: SANTA FE NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ISSUES
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT BRITISH NUCLEAR FACILITIES
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $2,899.46
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, PIER 88
Sponsor: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL OVERVIEW & OVERSIGHT OF CRUISE LINES
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $287.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: SEMINAR ON AVIATION SAFETY & SECURITY POST 9/11
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,089.00
source

Destination: NEWARK AIRPORT TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CELI 5TH ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY - BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: AKRIDGE-LEUCADIA
Purpose: TOUR PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF AIR RIGHTS OVER TRACKS AT UNION STATION, WASHINGTON DC, VIEW SUCCESSFUL REHAB OF GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, NYC, REVIEW PLANS FOR NE PENN STATION, NYC, INSPECT SOUTH STATION, BOSTON AS A MODEL OF SUCCESSFUL INTERMODAL EXPANSION O
Date: Jun 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,593.60
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CELI'S SIXTH ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: ATTEND THE AVIATION SAFETY ALIANCE CONFERENCE, "LEARNING FROM DISASTER: AN INSIDE LOOK AT AVIATION ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND ITS LINKS TO IMPROVE SAFETY."
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,272.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Airbus
Purpose: FACT FINDING VISIT TO AIRBUS NORTH AMERICA FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER-LEARNED ABOUT FLIGHT TRAINING CURRICULUM AND SECURITY MEASURES TAKEN TO PREVENT POTENTIAL TERRORISTS FROM RECEIVING FLIGHT TRAINING.
Date: Mar 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,161.29
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Ascension Health
Purpose: TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE HEALTHCARE SAFETY NET FOR LOW-INCOME AND UNINSURE FAMILIES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,160.24
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS AND NATIONAL STONE, SAND & GRAVEL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2005 TRADE SHOW
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,300.01
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Marrow Donor Program
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM'S CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CORD BLOOD BANK AND TRANSPLANT CENTER SITE VISIT
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $738.48
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ari Strauss.


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.