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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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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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CLAY, WILLIAM L SR, Democratic Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $25,398.03

Average cost per trip - $3,174.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 255 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.81
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $658.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 7, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other expenses include airport tax

Travel Cost - $1,475.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,367.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - March 26, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Luncheon speaker, breakfast speaker, panelist at housing summit
Notes - March 26 date was at personal expense, family accompanied at no additional expense to sponsor.

Travel Cost - $355.00
Lodging Cost - $814.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,169.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of Women Legislators
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $393.59
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $488.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse, Ivie L. Clay

Travel Cost - $5,512.60
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,712.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CitiGroup, PhRMA, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Coca-Cola, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,811.00
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,810.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - UAW
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - Speaking engagement --UAW Region 3's 4th Annual Diversity dinner & awards ceremony
Notes - 2:26 St Louis, MO - 4:44 Indianapolis, IN / 8:25 Indianapolis, IN - 11:15 Cincinnati, OH - 11:42 St Louis, MO

Travel Cost - $841.29
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National League of Postmasters
Dates - July 31, 2005 - August 3, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Attend and speak at Postmasters Convention
Notes - St Louis, MO - San Juan, PR - St Louis, MO Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,300.38
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,350.38

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.