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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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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.

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  • 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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Office of

Mike Ross


Total cost of 33 office trips: $86,977.84


Trips by Mike Ross
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $47,957.81

Destination: NY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT SECURITIES MARKET ISSUES
Date: Mar 13, 2003
Expense: $937.49
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; HEIDELBERG
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND 20TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUDENTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,173.64
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING CAPITAL MARKETS AND THE INVESTOR COMMUNITY
Date: Jun 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,008.13
source

Destination: CFSA DEFERRED DEPOSIT FORUM IN JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: FORUM ON PAYDAY ADVANCE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,118.00
source

Destination: LITTLE ROCK-CHICAGO-DC
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL MARKETS FOR THE AG CMTE. GENERAL COMMODITIES & RISK MANAGEMENT SUBCMTE. JURISDICTION. OVERVIEW OF RECENT INNOVATIONS & EFFORTS TO INCREASE GLOBAL INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,667.18
source

Destination: DC-ATLANTA-LITTLE ROCK
Sponsor: American Association for Homecare
Purpose: DISCUSS MEDICARE REFORM WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION
Date: Oct 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,117.63
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO TO JOPLIN, MO TO FT. SMITH, AR TO SHREVEPORT, LA TO DODDRIDGE, AR TO LAFAYETTE, LA TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: I-49 International Coalition
Purpose: FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEIR STAFFS TO VIEW THE I-49 ROUTE FROM KANSAS CITY, MO TO THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS AND TO CREATE DIALOG AND AWARENESS THROUGH PUBLIC MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE I-49 INTERNATIONAL COALITION
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,261.11
source

Destination: DC-NY-LITTLE ROCK, AR
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: ESTABLISH AND IMPROVE RELATIONS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES AND THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $3,438.51
source

Destination: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION AND THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF COMMON INTEREST BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE AUSTRALIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $28,236.12
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mike Ross

Sylvia Brown
Kate Callanan
Monique Frazier
Erik Greathouse
Cori Smith
Toby Stephens
Brent Talley
Jarrod Yates



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.