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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.

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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Crop Life America - $61,421.32 spent on 20 trips
22.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
77.1% spent on Republican Party

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To discuss issues with APCA executives that could impact the pesticide and biotechnology industry
Total Cost - $5,896.83

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Meetings and participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $2,207.00

CANADY, CHARLES T - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual Mtg./participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,644.72

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Total Cost - $2,334.66

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Total Cost - $3,676.41

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Educational - annual board meeting/member participation
Total Cost - $2,366.00

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $8,636.14

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at meeting
Total Cost - $4,384.98

EWING, THOMAS W - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,110.32

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,820.47

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
November 23, 2000 - November 24, 2000 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - acpa annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,900.28

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
September 23, 2001 - September 25, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - ACPA annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,900.28

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Meeting to discuss outlook for agricultural and environmental legislation
Total Cost - $1,142.30

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speak to annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,620.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 26, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,969.51

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - annual meeting w/ Brd. Of Directors
Total Cost - $1,638.65

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
September 4, 2004 - September 6, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking and briefing
Total Cost - $1,679.76

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
September 24, 2004 - September 28, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $2,598.33

NEUGEBAUER, RANDY - Republican Party
September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Review/discuss agricultural & environmental issues impacting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $1,928.56

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $1,966.12

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.