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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.

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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Office of

Pat Roberts


Total cost of 61 office trips: $130,473.60


Trips by Pat Roberts
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $64,201.15

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS
Purpose: SPEAKER AT WHEAT INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 11, 2000
Expense: $273.90
source

Destination: INDIAN WELLS, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,222.35
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $7,188.60
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Fertilizer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Aug 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $617.17
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN 2000 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 23, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $12,970.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN FALL MEETING
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,230.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT MEETING
Date: Feb 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,101.20
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: American Soybean Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT COMMODITY CLASSIC MEETING
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $808.98
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American Society of Baking
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Mar 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $132.14
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CO-CHAIR OF CONFERENCE AND SPEAKER
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $19,312.36
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Rural Community Insurance Services
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Oct 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $324.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT INTERNAT'L SWEETNER COLLOQUIUM
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.90
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PARTICIPANT IN THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $5,638.56
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Lincoln Club of Northern California
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING (SPRING SEMINAR)
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,247.94
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,990.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEAKER ON PANEL MEETING
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,529.05
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Pat Roberts

Victor Baleo
James Beauchamp
Jennifer Cook
Jackie Cottrell
Ashleigh Dela Torre
Darren Dick
Todd Halstead
Matthew Howe
John Livingston
Michael Seyfert
Harold Stones
Jennifer Swenson
Chad Tenpenny
Caroline Walling
Keith Yehle



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.