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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

Collin Peterson


Total cost of 68 office trips: $94,842.71


Trips by Collin Peterson
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $39,007.13

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Buckmasters Ltd
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $648.75
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKER CRT AND CONSERVATION
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $980.67
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, RSA-GEORGE RSA
Sponsor: Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 27, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,428.20
source

Destination: JAX
Sponsor: Dee Dot Timberlands
Purpose:
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,479.00
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS-KEARNEY, NEBRASKA-DETROIS LAKE, MN
Sponsor: NEBRASKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION-RAIN WATER BASIN JOINT VENTURE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, PANEL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $823.30
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING, SPEAKER
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $918.33
source

Destination: DCA-COLUMBUS-CHICAGO-MSP
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SUBSTANTIAL PARTICIPATION IN ISSUES CONFERENCE.
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $809.24
source

Destination: OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmenís Foundation
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $892.01
source

Destination: MPLS-LAS VEGAS-WASH. DC.
Sponsor: American Federation of Musicians
Purpose:
Date: Jun 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $919.63
source

Destination: BILLINGS MONTANA (MSP-BILLINGS-FARGO)
Sponsor: Montana Wool Growers Association
Purpose: SPEAKER-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,307.53
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Archery Manufacturers & Merchants Organization
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,305.06
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: MEETINGS, FOOD SAFETY, BIO-TERRORISM FOOD QUALITY PROTECTION ACT
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,220.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.53
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE RE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE
Sponsor: COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSN OF AMERICA AND ADVANCE AMERICA
Purpose: FORUM ON DEFERRED DEPOSIT INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,584.00
source

Destination: FARGO-CHICAGO-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE/CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,471.63
source

Destination: MSP-POLLACK
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,008.00
source

Destination: FARGO-MSP-MEMPHIS-GULFPORT-MEMPHIS-DCA
Sponsor: American Sugarbeet Growers Association
Purpose: SPEECH - MEET WITH BOARD-GROWERS
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,489.00
source

Destination: DETROIT LAKES, MN-MARSHALL, MN-GRAUS FORKS, NA
Sponsor: Schwan Food Company
Purpose: SPEAKER - SCHWAN UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS EXECUTIVES
Date: Sep 17, 2004
Expense: $2,036.00
source

Destination: HERREID-POLLACK
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURE/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $724.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY BAY
Sponsor: American Frozen Food Institute
Purpose: SPEECH-BD OF DIRECTORS-AFFI MID YEAR BD MEETING
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,298.25
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Collin Peterson

Steven Bekkerus
Christine Birdsong
William Black
Chip Conley
Nona Darrell
April Demert
Robin Gioracke
Robin Goracke
Earnest Goule
Chris Iacaruso
Tony Jackson
Martha Josephson
Robert Larew
Andrew Martin
Russell Middleton
Christopher Ogilvie
John Riley
Anne Simmons
Katherine Telleen



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.