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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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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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BUYER, STEVE, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $25,171.83

Average cost per trip - $2,796.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 258 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
Dates - August 21, 2001 - August 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speaking engagement at 102nd National Convention
Notes - Airfare is between IND - MKC (or E) - IND

Travel Cost - $269.00
Lodging Cost - $113.46
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $382.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at the Futures Industry Association's 26th Annual Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,438.43
Lodging Cost - $1,493.99
Meal Cost - $186.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,119.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Guidant Corporation
Dates - February 4, 2002 - February 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - speak to a hospital CEO forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $42.00
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NBC
Dates - March 2, 2003 - March 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Town hall meeting on The Today Show
Notes -

Travel Cost - $561.00
Lodging Cost - $249.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $810.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association, Large Public Power Council
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Learn about new technology at annual trade show, including Indian companies such as Thompson Consumer Electronics. Official part of trip was paid for by House Energy and Commerce Committee and is not reflected in the amounts below.
Notes - spouse, Joni Buyer

Travel Cost - $620.00
Lodging Cost - $1,216.00
Meal Cost - $460.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,296.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA

Purpose - learn about the challenges facing railroad industry and participated in a panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,104.80
Lodging Cost - $323.77
Meal Cost - $142.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,570.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA

Purpose - learn about railroad industry and participate in legislative conference.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost - $978.00
Meal Cost - $460.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,498.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 12, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Indianapolis - Miami - Indianapolis This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 10, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose - Parliamentary exchange with Members of the German Bundestag with Members of Congress
Notes - Indianapolis, IN - Berlin / Berlin - Munich / Munich - Washington, DC (SB) and Munich - Indianapolis, IN (JB) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $12,852.40
Lodging Cost - $1,926.00
Meal Cost - $401.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,179.44

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.