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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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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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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ROBERTS, PAT, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $64,200.46

Average cost per trip - $3,776.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 82 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Fertilizer Institute
Dates - August 10, 2000 - August 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speaker at board of directors' meeting
Notes - at the Greenbrier

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $585.12
Meal Cost - $32.05
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Crop Insurers
Dates - February 12, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,088.76
Meal Cost - $133.59
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,222.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - participant in conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,708.00
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,188.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 23, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - participate in 2000 transatlantic conference
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $5,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $12,970.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $262.00
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,230.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Wheat Growers
Dates - February 11, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaker at wheat industry conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $228.90
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $273.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - February 10, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker at meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,078.00
Lodging Cost - $496.00
Meal Cost - $527.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,101.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Soybean Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker at Commodity Classic meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $582.40
Lodging Cost - $226.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $808.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Baking
Dates - March 11, 2001 - March 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Cochair of conference and speaker
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $16,838.08
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,312.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rural Community Insurance Services
Dates - October 4, 2003 - October 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Conference speaker
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $55.00
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $324.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Club of Northern California
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Speaker at annual meeting (spring seminar)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,147.94
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,247.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaker at international sweetener colloquium
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,017.50
Meal Cost - $231.36
Other Cost - $366.03
Total Cost - $1,614.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker and participant in the Futures Industry Association annual conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,840.60
Lodging Cost - $2,184.28
Meal Cost - $613.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,638.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Foundation for Supplementary Occupation and Techniques
Dates - November 12, 2000 - November 20, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand

Purpose - Fact-finding trip. Washington, DC - Bangkok, Thailand
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Record so actual costs not specified; costs include airfare, meals and lodging.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Dairy Foods Assn
Dates - January 8, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $970.00
Meal Cost - $620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,990.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker on panel meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,615.82
Lodging Cost - $1,028.81
Meal Cost - $884.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,529.05

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.