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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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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

  • 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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PETRI, TOM, Republican Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $19,303.95

Average cost per trip - $1,484.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 310 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speak to legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,496.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $182.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,078.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Associated General Contractors of America
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speech at legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $748.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $748.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Public Transportation Association
Dates - October 2, 2001 - October 2, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Attend APTA conference
Notes - No location specified

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2002 - July 13, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cooperstown, NY

Purpose - attend and speak at conference on national railroad issues
Notes - accompanied by spouse Anne Petri

Travel Cost - $641.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,001.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services, Inc.
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - speak at seminar with local officials and private sector on federal highway funding and reauthorization of TEA 21
Notes -

Travel Cost - $304.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $321.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Associated General Contractors of America
Dates - February 8, 2003 - February 8, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speak at conference about TEA21 Reauthorization
Notes -

Travel Cost - $376.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $391.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hinkley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speak at political science conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $388.00
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost - $52.78
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $539.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Railway Supply Institute
Dates - April 14, 2004 - April 14, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - to address RSI conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $839.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $839.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - AAR's Legislative Conference
Notes - LaJolla, CA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $541.63
Lodging Cost - $326.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,027.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bicycle Business Leadership Conference
Dates - February 6, 2004 - February 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,148.20
Lodging Cost - $138.13
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,286.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - Attend and participate in legislative exchange program
Notes - Washington, DC - Tokyo, Japan - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $7,997.87
Lodging Cost - $345.79
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,343.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participation in a roundtable discussion on Kid's Accounts - A Platform for Financial Security
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $339.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $3.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - French American Foundation
Dates - February 21, 2005 - February 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - US-French Congressional Roundtable
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris, France (one-way ticket)

Travel Cost - $1,640.10
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,085.10

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.