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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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.
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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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LEACH, JAMES A, Republican Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $18,062.32

Average cost per trip - $1,806.23
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 324 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,803.50
Lodging Cost - $791.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland - Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel Cost - $5,549.58
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,549.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - June 6, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at a conference on "Chicago as a Global Financial Center"
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $182.30
Meal Cost - $23.10
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $245.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Trust for Historic Preservation
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Congressman Leach was the recipient of the National Main Street Leadership Award
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Albuquerque, NM - Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel Cost - $1,391.90
Lodging Cost - $319.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,711.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,578.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,878.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Trustee meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Princeton, NJ - Washington, DC 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) - National Main Street
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Leadership award
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Albuquerque, NM - Cedar Rapids, IA 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Foundation
Dates - May 13, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Trenton, NJ

Purpose - Trustee meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Trenton, NJ - Washington, DC 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) - Yale Univ
Dates - October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To deliver a keynote address and participate in a conference on the environment and climate change
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver, CO - Aspen, CO - Denver, CO - Cedar Rapids, IA Personal expense: 10/9/05

Travel Cost - $1,228.80
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $155.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,783.80

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.