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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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Chicago Board of Trade - $128,076.22 spent on 45 trips
36.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
64.0% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Panel for CBOT/Chicago Mercantile Board and conference participants at Futures Industry Association Annual Conference.
Total Cost - $5,944.24

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - to participate in congressional panel for CBOT and Chicago mercantile board members and conference participant
Total Cost - $4,699.12

BURNS, O MAXIE - Republican Party
October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - To review operations of each exchange for congressman's duties on the House Agriculture Committee.
Total Cost - $1,525.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speak to Future's Industry Association annual conference
Total Cost - $4,727.20

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speaking engagement on congressional panel - Futures Industry Association Conference
Total Cost - $5,583.40

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
FL
Purpose - To participate in "Washington Outlook" program during in the Futures Industry Association's annual conference
Total Cost - $5,062.23

EMANUEL, RAHM - Democratic Party
October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Visit to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Total Cost - $550.86

EMANUEL, RAHM - Democratic Party
March 19, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (2 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Future's Industry Association Annual Conference, "Washington Outlook Panel"
Total Cost - $3,212.46

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Educational (visit to Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange)
Total Cost - $1,959.48

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Meeting and tour of Exchanges
Total Cost - $2,017.80

JOHNSON, TIM - Republican Party
October 7, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Provide first-hand look at both exchanges; meet with Exchange members
Total Cost - $1,006.77

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Tours of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Total Cost - $1,794.49

LATHAM, THOMAS P - Republican Party
March 17, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Futures Industry Association, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - speaker and panel member
Total Cost - $4,076.93

LATHAM, THOMAS P - Republican Party
March 14, 2003 - March 15, 2003 (2 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Financial Industries conference - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $5,106.51

MANZULLO, DONALD A - Republican Party
March 14, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Panel participant/presenter at Futures Industry Association conference
Total Cost - $3,264.40

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - To study day to day operations at the markets
Total Cost - $1,302.62

MORAN, JERRY - Republican Party
October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $1,233.03

MORAN, JERRY - Republican Party
April 26, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $418.20

MORAN, JERRY - Republican Party
March 18, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - educational
Total Cost - $2,440.85

NEUGEBAUER, RANDY - Republican Party
October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Fact-finding, educational mission to Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a member of the House Agriculture Committee
Total Cost - $1,941.18

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - educational trip
Total Cost - $1,471.63

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
March 16, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (1 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - participate in Futures Industry Association's conference
Total Cost - $510.82

SIMPSON, MICHAEL KEITH - Republican Party
March 17, 2000 - March 19, 2000 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Futures Industry Assn's Washington Outlook
Total Cost - $2,952.20

SIMPSON, MICHAEL KEITH - Republican Party
March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speaking at Futures Industry Conference
Total Cost - $2,463.33

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Purpose - Participation in Panel Discussion for Annual Conference
Total Cost - $5,410.13

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - panel participant
Total Cost - $3,229.81

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
March 19, 2000 - March 21, 2000 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speaking engagement at board of trade and mercantile exchange conference
Total Cost - $2,057.05

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speaking engagement at Futures Industry Association Conference
Total Cost - $5,085.55

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speaker and participant in the Futures Industry Association annual conference
Total Cost - $5,638.56

UDALL, MARK E - Democratic Party
July 19, 2004 - July 19, 2004 (1 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - To participate in meetings with each of the sponsoring organizations.
Total Cost - $1,132.64

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 22, 2005 (5 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - To participate in Congressional panel for the "Washington outlook" program during the Futures Industry Association's annual conference
Total Cost - $4,552.34

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 21, 2005 (4 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speaker on panel meeting
Total Cost - $5,529.05

MCCARTHY, CAROLYN - Democratic Party
April 17, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange
Purpose - To review operations of the sponsors and to discuss other financial services matters
Total Cost - $1,194.95

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange
Purpose - Educational trip to visit and learn about the exchanges
Total Cost - $1,275.09

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 20, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Participate in "Washington Outlook Panel" during the Future Industry Associations Annual Conference
Total Cost - $7,080.52

CASE, EDWARD E - Democratic Party
April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Meet with office workers and employees at the CME and CBOT on operations and issues and visit Exchange and Board
Total Cost - $1,801.69

CARDOZA, DENNIS - Democratic Party
April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - First-hand look at their exchanges, speak with those who operate in their markets on a daily basis, and see a demonstration of their recent innovations
Total Cost - $1,324.85

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 20, 2005 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Remarks at Futures Industry Association's Annual Conference - Washington Outlook Panel
Total Cost - $3,127.96

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Participation in Futures Industry Association Annual Conference - "Washington Outlook" participant
Total Cost - $5,864.70

TIBERI, PATRICK JOSEPH - Republican Party
April 18, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange
Purpose - Fact-finding tour to get a firsthand look at how the Chicago markets operate
Total Cost - $842.95

BEAN, MELISSA L - Democratic Party
April 18, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost - $351.74

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 19, 2005 (2 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Participate in "Washington Outlook" panel on 3/19 9 am - 11 am Futures Industry Association Conference
Total Cost - $1,536.99

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
March 13, 2003 - March 15, 2003 (3 days)
Boca Raton, FL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Speak at Futures Industry Association 28th Annual International Futures Industry Conference hosted by Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade
Total Cost - $4,165.70

HULSHOF, KENNY CHARLES - Republican Party
September 18, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Attend meetings at Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Total Cost - $709.34

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
September 18, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Co-sponsor(s): Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $899.86

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.