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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

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  • 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

Jim Ryun


Total cost of 23 office trips: $35,146.55


Trips by Jim Ryun
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,881.59

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $533.00
source

Destination: ALEDO, TX
Sponsor: Wallbuilders Inc
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $767.00
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
Sponsor: Global Connection International
Purpose: SPEAK AT FIRST NATIONAL PRAYER DINNER
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,517.39
source

Destination: LITTLE ROCK, AR
Sponsor: Harding University
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $457.47
source

Destination: PITTSBURG, KS TO SPRINGFIELD, MO TO KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH SPRINGFIELD MO
Purpose: OFFICIAL STARTER & GUEST SPEAKER, SPRINGFIELD MARATHON
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $615.76
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Foot Locker Inc
Purpose: 25TH ANNUAL FOOT LOCKER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,628.24
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: PUERTO RICO SOCIETY OF CPAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT, MEETING WITH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICIALS, AND OTHER FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,209.96
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO TO SAN DIEGO, CA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Purpose: SPEAK AT CHILDREN'S PASTORS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,913.22
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SALT LAKE CITY, UT-KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,187.50
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Purpose: JIM RYUN WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE FCA'S 30TH ANNUAL FALL GALA
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,522.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: West Hills Community Church
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR AN EVENING CHURCH SERVICE
Date: Apr 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $873.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Ryun

Nathaniel Bennett
Rebecca Elmore
Mark Kelly
Daniel Schneider



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.