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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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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BLUNT, ROY, Republican Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $35,427.93

Average cost per trip - $2,214.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 183 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaker at DFA annual meeting. Kansas City, MO - Washington, DC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $881.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $881.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - Fact finding trip
Notes - First class ticket for flight between Springfield MO - Dallas Fort Worth - Reagan National (Washington DC)

Travel Cost - $1,483.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,516.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $3,283.00
Lodging Cost - $1,011.85
Meal Cost - $695.65
Other Cost - $493.00
Total Cost - $5,483.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hallmark Cars Inc.
Dates - May 7, 2001 - May 7, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $137.02
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $177.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Emerson Electric Co.
Dates - October 30, 2001 - October 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Meetings
Notes - First class ticket for flight between St Louis and Dulles.

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 24, 2002 - February 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,461.70
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,886.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - AZ

Purpose - speaking engagement and meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,599.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,599.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - members' conference retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $125.00
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $785.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - ELC Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,679.48
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.21
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,712.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Planning Congressional Institute
Dates - February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Republican Planning Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $120.00
Lodging Cost - $739.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $355.00
Total Cost - $1,214.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - house leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 3, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bentonville, AR

Purpose - Speaking engagement "SIFE" Students in Free Enterprise Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Notes - Springfield, MO - Bentonville, AR - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,600.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Notes - DC - Irvington, VA - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - NY - Israel - NY - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,660.30
Lodging Cost - $2,722.32
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,447.46
Total Cost - $14,078.56

Additional family members - Yes

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.