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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

    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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RYUN, JIM R, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $21,853.57

Average cost per trip - $1,821.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 40 days
Rank of representative - 285 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - Spouse Anne Ryun accompanied.

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $533.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Network of Children's Ministry
Dates - February 1, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at Children's Pastors' conference
Notes - with spouse Anne

Travel Cost - $1,446.80
Lodging Cost - $234.26
Meal Cost - $204.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,885.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Audiology
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - speaking engagement with the American Academy of Audiology
Notes - other for tips at airport and hotel

Travel Cost - $870.50
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost - $22.00
Total Cost - $2,187.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Foot Locker
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - 25th annual foot locker cross country championships speaking engagement
Notes - with spouse Anne - other for tips at hotel

Travel Cost - $1,429.62
Lodging Cost - $537.00
Meal Cost - $651.62
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $2,628.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Puerto Rico Society of CPAs
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - speaking engagement - meeting with chamber of commerce officials - "other fact finding"
Notes - with spouse Anne - other for tips

Travel Cost - $524.60
Lodging Cost - $1,347.00
Meal Cost - $310.36
Other Cost - $28.00
Total Cost - $2,209.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wallbuilders, Inc.
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aledo, TX

Purpose - commencement address
Notes - spouse Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $479.00
Lodging Cost - $215.00
Meal Cost - $73.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $767.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - leadership summit
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $4,064.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,657.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harding University
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - speak at American Studies Institute
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $385.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $64.57
Other Cost - $7.90
Total Cost - $457.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Connection International
Dates - November 9, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Managua, Nicaragua

Purpose - Speak at First National Prayer Dinner
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun, other-phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,140.80
Lodging Cost - $224.25
Meal Cost - $143.84
Other Cost - $8.50
Total Cost - $1,517.39

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Second Baptist Church
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Springfield, MO

Purpose - official starter and guest speaker, Springfield marathon
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $497.62
Lodging Cost - $65.00
Meal Cost - $53.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $615.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Dates - November 10, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Jim Ryun was the keynote speaker for the FCA's 30th Annual Fall Gala
Notes - Washington, DC - Dallas, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $405.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $7.00
Total Cost - $1,522.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - West Hills Community Church
Dates - April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote speaker for an evening church service
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $8.00
Total Cost - $873.00

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.