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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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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 | 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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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*

Kelly Zerzan


Total cost of 15 trips: $26,229.53


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL REGARDING CURRENCY
Date: Feb 5, 2004
Expense: $1,504.00
source

Destination: TOUR DAYTON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Sponsor: International Speedway Corporation
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT SAFETY AND BROADCAST ISSUES AS THEY RELATE TO SPORTS
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $822.64
source

Destination: NYC, NY
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFING IN NY TO LEARN ABOUT ADVERTISING AND BROADCAST ISSUES.
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $638.00
source

Destination: ATTEND CABLE INDUSTRY ISSUES CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT MUST-CARRY, DTV AND CABLE ISSUES, INCLUDING VOICE OVER IP TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $914.62
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT US-SINGAPORE TRADE AGREEMENT, EFFECTS TO COMBAT TERRORISIM
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $7,851.77
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination:
Sponsor: UNIVERSAL AND WALT DISNEY WORLD
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING PARK SAFETY
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO DAYTON AND COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sponsor: Honda North America
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AND VIEW THE ASSEMBLY OF HONDA MOTORS AND AUTOMOBILES
Date: Aug 14, 2001
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: ATTEND AUTO SHOW AND TOUR FACILITIES TO LEARN ABOUT AUTO SAFETY AND FUEL EFFICIENCY
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: BURBANK, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO COPYRIGHT ISSUES, CREATION OF CONTENT AND PROTECTION OF CONTENT
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,772.77
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL RE TELEMARKETING; LEARN ABOUT FCRA AND OTHER PRIVACY ISSUES
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,277.96
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Association of International Automobile Manufacturers
Purpose: ASSOC. OF INTERNATIONAL AUTO MANUFACTURERS ATTEND NY AUTO SHOW TO LEARN ABOUT FUEL EFFICIENCY AND NEW SAFETY INNOVATIONS
Date: Apr 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $722.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA FOR NASCAR RACE
Sponsor: SWEDISH MATCH
Purpose: MEET SWEDISH MATCH TO DISCUSS FDA REGULATION/TOBACCO ISSUES
Date: Sep 6, 2003
Expense: $427.05
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: VISIT GM, DC AND FORD TO LEARN ABOUT VEHICLE SAFETY
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,099.16
source

Destination: MUMBAI, BANGALORE, DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT FOREIGN COMMERCE, US OUTSOURING AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,252.81
source

Destination: ATTEND DETROIT AUTO SHOW
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AUTO SAFETY AND FUEL ECONOMY OF NEW VEHICLES
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,276.75
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Kelly Zerzan.


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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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.