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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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    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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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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BOSWELL, LEONARD L, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $22,648.63

Average cost per trip - $2,264.86
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 276 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bi-partisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging expenses

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $660.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Agriculture committee retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Darlene Boswell

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - Roundtable discussion on the 2002 Farm Bill and pheasant hunt
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $525.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Microsoft campus visit
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,389.18
Lodging Cost - $1,047.08
Meal Cost - $1,061.96
Other Cost - $526.14
Total Cost - $7,024.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Des Moines Partnership
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 20, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Trade mission
Notes - Other costs are for 'registration fee' (includes ground transportation, visa fees, departure fees, some meals)_

Travel Cost - $1,257.00
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $2,137.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Community Financial Services of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Community Financial Services Association Deferred Deposit forum
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Darlene Boswell accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,353.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,262.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Des Moines, IA

Purpose - World Food Prize Event
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington Dulles

Travel Cost - $1,010.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $34.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Ag Committee Members Visit to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade
Notes - Des Moines - Chicago - Washington

Travel Cost - $679.41
Lodging Cost - $615.71
Meal Cost - $143.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,439.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - DCA - Birmingham - Montgomery - Selma - DSM Personal expense: ***$500.00 paid towards the cost of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No

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.