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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*

James Turner


Total cost of 31 trips: $48,423.64


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $382.00
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Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: AUTM AND WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (WARF)
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN A WORKSHOP AT THE 2004 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY MANAGERS IN SAN ANTONIO. I WAS ON A PANEL THAT I MODERATED TITLED "WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR FEDERAL AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES"
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,030.00
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Destination: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: I SPOKE AT A HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES' BOARD ON SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY, AND ECONOMIC POLICY AND VINNOVA. THE CONFERENCE ADDRESS THE TOPIC. "BUILDING THE INNOVATION SYSTEMS FOR GROWTH: PERPECTIVES FROM THE UNITED STATES AND SWE
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $6,400.00
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Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,356.20
source

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University
Purpose: TO VISIT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY AND ATTEND THE CYLAB CORPORATE PARTNER CYBER SECURITY SYMPOSIUM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CYBER SECURITY RESEARCH AND EXPERTISE AND TO ENGAGE IN A SERIES OF PUBLIC POLICY DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS OF ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,042.26
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 8, 2004
Expense: $4,100.00
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Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO ACCOMPLISH BRIEFINGS BY THE NATIONAL GRID USA AND ITS BRITISH PARENT TO REVIEW THE BENEFITS OF INDEPENDENT TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND INCENTIVE REGULATION, ADVANCEMENTS IN ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION R&D, D
Date: Nov 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,529.41
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS, THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION. FORUM TOPIC IS "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES AND THE FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AND SPEAK AT A SYMPOSIUM ON "PERSPECTIVE ON THE US INNOVATION SYSTEM. ITS EVOLUTION, CHALLENGES, AND PROPOSED RENEWAL." ALSO MEETING WITH OECD REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS FURTHER COOPERATION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Feb 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,095.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES"
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $927.20
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA TO IRVINE, CA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN NAS "THINK TANK" DISCUSSING THE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT'S PROCESS FOR PROVIDING SCIENTIFIC ADVICE TO DECISION MAKERS, LESSONS LEARNED FROM DBASSE AND OTHER ISSUES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $956.34
source

Destination: NEW WILMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Westminster College
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT GOVERNMENT SERVICE DAY ARRANGED BY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Date: Apr 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $225.39
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Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: SEMICONDUCTOR RESEARCH CORPORATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOP EXPLORING THE ISSUE OF INSURING AN ADEQUATELY TRAINED SUPPLY OF RELEVANTLY TRAINED STUDENTS FROM U.S. SCHOOLS TO FILL POSITIONS IN U.S. SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,697.04
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ralph Hall

Destination: TOUR MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Dow Chemical Co
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATED IN A DOW CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF MIDLAND, MICHIGAN AND GET A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF DOW'S PRACTICES REGARDING CHEMICAL TESTING AND RELATED TSCA-TYPE ISSUES, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP, DOW'S R&D, AND THE OPERATIONS OF TW
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $765.00
source

Destination: MADISON, WISCONSIN
Sponsor: Forest Products Society
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON DURABILITY AND DISASTER MITIGATION IN WOOD-FRAME HOUSING IN MADISON WICONSIN.
Date: Oct 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $432.42
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR INNOVATION
Date: Dec 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,387.00
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM; ENTREPRENEURSHIP OF POLICY FOR THE FUTURE: LESSONS FOR THE UNITED STATES AND SWEDEN.
Date: Dec 14, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,840.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Destination: WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE
Sponsor: College of William and Mary
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO UNDERCLASSMEN AT WILLIAM AND MARY ON HOW LEGISLATIVE PROCESS GENERATES THE PORTFOLIO OF SCIENCE SPENDING WE OBSERVE-HOW MANY BILLS ARE INVOLVED AND HOW THE COMMITTEE WORKS.
Date: Feb 22, 2002
Expense: $92.22
source

Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $919.10
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM, LEVERAGING FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO CREATE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL INDIANA.
Date: Apr 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $630.00
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Destination: STOCKHOLM AND JONKOPING, SWEDEN AND COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON GROWING THE FUTURE: UNIVERSITIES, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND SCIENCE-BASED REGIONAL GROWTH WITH LEADERS OF INDUSTRY, SENIOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS, AND ACADEMIC EXPERTS TO REVIEW ISSUES OF NATIONAL IMPORT AT THE NEXUS OF SCIENCE, TE
Date: May 19, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,881.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES AND THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND INDUSTRY CONFERENCE ON "SUSTAINING INNOVATION AND GROWTH: PUBLIC POLICY SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT" HELD IN FRANCE.
Date: Mar 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $903.01
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: Council for Chemical Research
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE 24TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR CHEMICAL RESEARCH ENTITLED DRIVING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH COLLABORATION.
Date: Apr 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,704.00
source

Destination: GERMANY
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A MAJOR CONFERENCE ON "LOCAL HEROES IN A GLOBAL VILLAGE: GLOBALIZATION & NEW ENTREPRENEURSHIP POLICIES."
Date: Sep 2, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,427.71
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A SYMPOSIUM FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIES BOARD ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND ECONOMICS POLICY & THE SWEDISH FOUNDATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH ON "POLICIES AND PROGRAM TO BUILD ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PERSPECTIVES FROM U.S. AND SWEDEN.
Date: Nov 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,318.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: American Mathematocal Society
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL JOINT MATHEMATICAL MEETING WITH THE AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY AND THE MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA IN PHOENIX
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,487.50
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Trips traveled under the office of F. James Sensenbrenner

Destination: MANNHEIM, GERMANY
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE US DELEGATION TO A CONFERENCE ENTITLED GERMAN AND AMERICAN PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS: A REVIEW OF CURRENT POLICY AND RESEARCH.
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,038.91
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Destination: MOFFETT FIELD, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE NRC'S REVIEW OF THE NEW INITIATIVES AT THE NASA AMES RESEARCH CENTER.
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,117.42
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Destination: ENGLAND AND FINLAND
Sponsor: National Academies
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES IN ENGLAND AND FINLAND ON THE ROLE OF UNIVERSITIES IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $3,083.00
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Destination: PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Mellon University
Purpose: TO VISIT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY AS A GUEST OF HEINZ FOUNDATION TO MEET WITH FACILITY AND STUDENTS ABOUT CURRENT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ISSUES.
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $975.51
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* - Trips by all travelers named James Turner.


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.