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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $40,801.61

Average cost per trip - $1,773.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 160 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids
Dates - May 27, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa - George, South Africa

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,708.20
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,428.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dee Dot Timberlands
Dates - November 17, 2000 - November 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose -
Notes - No purpose listed

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $64.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,479.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Buckmasters, Ltd.
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $172.97
Lodging Cost - $398.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $77.00
Total Cost - $648.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Wild Turkey Federation
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speaker - CRP and Conservation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $397.50
Lodging Cost - $464.35
Meal Cost - $118.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $980.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montana Woolgrowers Association
Dates - November 30, 2001 - December 1, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Billings, MT

Purpose - Speech at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,233.75
Lodging Cost - $61.28
Meal Cost - $12.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,307.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Wild Turkey Federation
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Participate in issues conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $516.25
Lodging Cost - $242.99
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $809.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - fact finding - speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $585.33
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $83.00
Total Cost - $918.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nebraska Community Foundation, Rain Water Basin Joint Venture
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 7, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kearney, NE

Purpose - fact finding - panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $746.30
Lodging Cost - $52.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $823.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nebraska Community Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 7, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kearney, NE

Purpose - fact finding - meeting with local and state officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $746.30
Lodging Cost - $122.32
Meal Cost - $26.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $894.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of Musicians
Dates - June 23, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $732.25
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $87.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $919.63

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Roundtable discussion
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $586.50
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $892.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - meetings - food safe, bio-terrorism, food quality protection act
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,220.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 25, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $590.50
Lodging Cost - $618.03
Meal Cost - $406.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,614.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Archery Manufacturers and Merchants Organization
Dates - January 25, 2002 - January 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $734.50
Lodging Cost - $427.15
Meal Cost - $38.00
Other Cost - $105.41
Total Cost - $1,305.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pollack, MS

Purpose - informative/agricultural education/CRP update
Notes - child, Jason Peterson, other-guides, licensing

Travel Cost - $3,812.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $66.00
Other Cost - $1,930.00
Total Cost - $6,008.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - educational trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,100.72
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $176.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,471.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Roundtable regarding country of origin labeling
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America, Advance America
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Forum on Deferred Deposit Industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,584.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugarbeet Growers Association
Dates - February 1, 2004 - February 2, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gulfport, FL

Purpose - speech-meet with board-growers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,334.00
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,489.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - MN

Purpose - Informative/agriculture/CRP update
Notes - Detroit Lakes - Herreid - Pollack - Detroit Lakes, MN (personal transportation)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $50.00
Meal Cost - $28.00
Other Cost - $646.00
Total Cost - $724.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Schwan Food Co
Dates - September 17, 2004 - September 17, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - Speaker - Schwan University - Business executives
Notes - Detroit Lakes, MN - Marshall, MN - Grand Forks, ND

Travel Cost - $2,024.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,036.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Frozen Food Institute
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Speech - Board of Directors - AFFI mid year Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Montego Bay - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,181.49
Lodging Cost - $886.13
Meal Cost - $97.20
Other Cost - $133.43
Total Cost - $2,298.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - September 18, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $583.91
Lodging Cost - $210.95
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $899.86

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.