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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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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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Office of

Tom Latham


Total cost of 12 office trips: $61,882.22


Trips by Tom Latham
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $58,121.89

Destination: OMAHA, NE BOCA RATON, FL.-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: FUTURE'S INDUSTRY ASSOC-CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKER & PANEL MEMBER
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,094.93
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLA.
Sponsor: National Oilseed Processors Association
Purpose: 2001 ANNUAL MEETING-KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,278.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLA
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: FUTURES IND. ASSOC. CONF.-WASHINGTON OUTLOOK
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,988.67
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-AVIGNON, FR.-PARIS, FR.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES, COMPARE SPENT FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INSPECT COMMERCIAL SCALE FACILITIES THAT MANAGE AND VITRIFY NUCLEAR BY-PRODUCTS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $14,689.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: TOUR & BRIEFING OF CHIC. MERCANTILE EXCHG
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,289.06
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES CONFERENCE-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $5,106.51
source

Destination: ROME ITALY
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO MEET WITH ENERGY MINISTRY, DISCUSS POST-CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POLICIES, ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF DECREASED NUCLEAR GENERATION IN ITALY. TOURED GEOTHERMAL FACILITIES AND DISCUSSED CONSTRUCTION METHODS, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SAFETY
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $18,053.14
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS REGARDING FEDERAL POLICY AND CONGRESS DURING THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,622.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Latham

Kevin Berents
Michael Gruber



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.