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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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  • 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.

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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MORAN, JERRY, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $7,697.17

Average cost per trip - $699.74
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 462 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - examine agricultural trade opportunities in Cuba
Notes -

Travel Cost - $497.00
Lodging Cost - $345.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $932.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Agricultural Retailers Association
Dates - December 3, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Education/legislative award recipient
Notes - other expenses for parking and tolls

Travel Cost - $403.12
Lodging Cost - $203.02
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $25.95
Total Cost - $732.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $862.12
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $176.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,233.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Delta Council
Dates - September 22, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $593.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $968.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Mercantile Exchange
Dates - June 15, 2003 - June 16, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $622.00
Lodging Cost - $321.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $973.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - April 26, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $272.70
Lodging Cost - $134.10
Meal Cost - $11.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $418.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,257.75
Lodging Cost - $1,001.18
Meal Cost - $181.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,440.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farmers Rice Cooperative
Dates - August 1, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Denver - Sacramento - Denver 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) - United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Assn
Dates - December 12, 2004 - December 14, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Denver, CO - Los Angeles, CA - Denver, CO Any time not at sponsor's expense: One day 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) - Hays Medical Center
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Hays, KS - Vail, CO - Hays, KS 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) - USA Rice Cooperative
Dates - November 22, 2004 - November 23, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lafayette, LA - Baton Rouge, LA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Lafayette, LA - Baton Rouge - Kansas City, MO 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

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.