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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

Sam Brownback


Total cost of 69 office trips: $131,319.15


Trips by Sam Brownback
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $24,219.20

Destination: SEA ISLAND, GA
Sponsor: Awakening Atlanta Ga
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $862.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: RIGHT TO LIFE OF LOUISVILLE KY
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT GALA BANQUET
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.50
source

Destination: ANN ARBOR MI
Sponsor: Ave Maria School of Law
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $155.84
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
Sponsor: Ave Maria List
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2002
Expense: $1,144.15
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM AND MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $498.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Archdiocese of Denver
Purpose: DELIVER 1ST ANNUAL ROBERT CASEY LECTURE ON FAITH & PUBLIC LIFE
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Sponsor: Ave Maria School of Law
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 18, 2003
Expense: $7,362.73
source

Destination: TOPEKA, KANSAS TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Center for Law & Justice
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 12, 2005
Expense: $10,074.80
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: REGENT UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 12, 2005
Expense: $933.71
source

Destination: BOSTON AND MANCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: PRO LIFE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Purpose: RECEIVED AN AWARD
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $642.90
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IOWA AND GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Allegan County Republican Party
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER
Date: May 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,150.57
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sam Brownback

Courtney Anderson
J Thomas Brady
Doug Branch
Joshua Carter
Glen Chambers
Landon Fulmer
Cherie Harder
Sara Hessenflow
Erik Hotunire
Karen Knutson
Kevin Krufky
John Miller
Maggie Nelson
Jana Novak
Brent Orrell
Sharon Payt
Jim Rowland
Hannah Royal
Anna Shopey
George Stafford
Howard Waltzman
Rob Wasinger
Katherine Weyforth
Heather Wingate
James Wolff
La Rochelle Young



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.