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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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Dairy Farmers of America - $25,221.70 spent on 11 trips
51.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
48.7% spent on Republican Party

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Speaker at DFA annual meeting. Kansas City, MO - Washington, DC
Total Cost - $881.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,712.69

BOYD, F ALLEN JR - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
MN - SD
Purpose - Fact finding/agricultural education
Total Cost - $2,337.40

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speak to Dairy Farmers Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,712.69

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Pollack, MS
Purpose - informative/agricultural education/CRP update
Total Cost - $6,008.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Pollack, MS
Purpose - information - agriculture - CRP update
Total Cost - $3,881.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Mobridge, SD
Purpose - Remarks at Dairy Farmers of America conservation Reserve Program annual Review Breakfast
Total Cost - $1,415.22

SHERWOOD, DONALD L - Republican Party
October 20, 2004 - October 21, 2004 (2 days)
Portales, NM - Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Tour of DariConcepts MPC Plant and DFA Member Dairy Farms in Portales, New Mexico and DFA Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri
Total Cost - $3,960.00

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
MN
Purpose - Informative/agriculture/CRP update
Total Cost - $724.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
August 20, 2004 - August 20, 2004 (1 days)
Portales, NM
Purpose - Tour of DFA Milk Protein Concentrate plant, Meeting with dairy farmers and tour of dairy farm
Total Cost - $1,190.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
March 21, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (3 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Dairy Farmers of America Annual Banquet
Total Cost - $1,399.70

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.