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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*

Lawrence Willcox


Total cost of 17 trips: $51,082.59


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Johnson

Destination: PALO AITO, CA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,709.90
source

Destination: ARGENTINA
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TAX TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $8,420.00
source

Destination: DAILY MEETINGS & SPEECHES & PANEL CONTRIBUTIONS
Sponsor: National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL TAX CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,950.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, BRUSSELS, PARIS
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP WITH TAX & TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
Date: May 26, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $7,834.00
source

Destination: TRIP TO THE HOMESTEAD IN HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $955.78
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA; RENO, NV; LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO GAMING AND MANUFACTURING-RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,437.00
source

Destination: MEETINGS WITH NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP FOR INSIGHT INTO NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN TAX SYSTEMS
Date: Dec 8, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $7,800.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Jon Kyl

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON BOND MARKETS
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $457.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN & KYOTO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO MEET WITH JAPANESE LEGISLATORS AND POLICYMAKERS WORKERS TO GAIN INSIGHT INTO JAPANESE POLICYMAKING PROCESS, POLITICAL, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC TRENDS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,160.91
source

Destination: SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.00
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $453.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR; SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source

Destination: SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA (GREENBRIER)
Sponsor: AMERICAN BENEFITS INSTITUTE/NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING (PENSION CONFERENCE)
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (GREENBRIER), WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $820.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lawrence Willcox.


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.