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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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    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

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Office of

Steve Buyer


Total cost of 34 office trips: $57,916.29


Trips by Steve Buyer
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $25,770.31

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC'S 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,119.10
source

Destination: ADDRESS THE 102ND NATIONAL CONVENTION
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $382.46
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Sponsor: Guidant Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK TO A HOSPITAL CEO FORUM
Date: Feb 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: IND-LGA-DCA
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $810.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV (AIR) AND DROVE TO PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGY AT ANNUAL TRADE SHOW, INCLUDING INDIANA COMPANIES SUCH AS THOMPSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND FIELD HEARINGS.
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,296.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA TO SANTA FE, NM (AIR); SANTA FE, TO SAN DIEGO, CA (VIA TRAIN); SAN DIEGO TO WASHINGTON, DC (PLANE)
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING RAILROAD INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,570.83
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT RAILROAD INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,498.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING OF CHALLENGES FACES BY THE SMALL FAMILY FARM OPERATION
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $598.48
source

Destination: BERLIN-MUNICH-WASHINGTON, DC (SB)
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: PARLIMENTARY EXCHANGE WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUDESTAG WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $15,179.44
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Steve Buyer

Danelle Bowsher
Michael Copher
Kelly Craven
Myrna Dugan
Daniel Garcia
Kathryn Mcnabb
Laura Zuckerman



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.