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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try 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.

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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ROSS, MICHAEL A, Democratic Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $48,876.69

Average cost per trip - $4,887.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 128 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Notes - spouse, Holiday Ross

Travel Cost - $5,665.64
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,165.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Association of America
Dates - June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues
Notes - other-none disclosed

Travel Cost - $968.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,118.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Homecare
Dates - October 8, 2003 - October 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - discuss Medicare reform with members of the association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,888.49
Lodging Cost - $229.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,117.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 13, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - learn about securities market issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $937.49
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $937.49

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - fact-finding trip to better understand the financial markets for the AgCmte. General Commodities to Risk Management sub culture jurisdiction. Overview of recent innovations and efforts to increase global industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,296.27
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $176.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,667.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO - Joplin, MO - Fort Smith, AR - Shreveport, LA - Doddridge, AR - Lafayette, LA - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - for member of congress and their staffs to view the I-49 route from Kansas City, MO to the Port of New Orleans and to create dialog and awareness through public meetings with Members of Congress and the I-49 International Coalition.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $965.72
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $110.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,261.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Establish and improve relations between members of the Committee on financial services and the New York Stock Exchange
Notes - with spouse Holly

Travel Cost - $2,717.88
Lodging Cost - $310.63
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,438.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - June 2, 2003 - June 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To discuss issues affecting capital markets and the investor community.
Notes - Child Sydney Beth Ross accompanied.

Travel Cost - $589.93
Lodging Cost - $397.20
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,008.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Australian Assn, Australian Govt
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia

Purpose - To discuss issues of common interest between the two countries, including but not limited to the Australian Free Trade Agreement
Notes - Little Rock, AR - Sydney, Australia - Little Rock, AR

Travel Cost - $25,163.50
Lodging Cost - $1,997.70
Meal Cost - $651.84
Other Cost - $423.08
Total Cost - $28,236.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - HME News, United Publications
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 13, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend and speak at the annual conference
Notes - Little Rock, AR - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $479.90
Lodging Cost - $446.98
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $926.88

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.