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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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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

Conrad Burns


Total cost of 104 office trips: $204,387.04


Trips by Conrad Burns
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $36,629.70

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL AND FACT FINDING ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,396.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKING ON PANEL, MONTANANS WILL BE PRESENT
Date: Apr 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,519.50
source

Destination: DILLON, MONTANA TO ALDER, MONTANA TO WDC
Sponsor: Money Tree Inc
Purpose: TOWN MEETING
Date: Jun 16, 2002
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Apr 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,109.97
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: SPEAKING AND PARTICIPATE IN ROUND TABLE. MONTANANS PRESENT
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,496.84
source

Destination: MISSOULA, MT TO NASHVILLE, TN TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAZING CONFERENCE
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NATIONAL GRAZING CONFERENCE WITH MONTANANS PRESENT
Date: Dec 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $146.83
source

Destination: MARIETTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Purpose: TOUR AND FACT FINDING WITH MONTANA COMPANY-SUMMIT ENGINEERING
Date: Dec 15, 2003
Expense: $488.00
source

Destination: LOS BANOS, CA
Sponsor: JEAN SAGOUSPE
Purpose: AGRICULTURE FACT FINDING W/ MONTANANS PRESENT
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,327.40
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL
Date: Apr 3, 2004
Expense: $1,278.70
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL WITH MONTANANS PRESENT AT EVENT
Date: Apr 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,820.65
source

Destination: BILLINGS AND BOZEMAN, MONTANA
Sponsor: Bresnan Communications
Purpose: SPEAK AT GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY
Date: May 21, 2004
Expense: $1,152.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: EDS AND AFCEA
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE NAVY MARINE CORPS INTRANET INDUSTRY SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jun 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $924.00
source

Destination: MAUI, HAWAII
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON 109TH CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA FOR COMMERCE COMMITTEE
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,369.18
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE WITH MONTANANS IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK CAMP AND RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $147.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE WITH MONTANANS IN ANNUAL MEETING AND RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD
Date: Feb 27, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $263.05
source

Destination: KALISPELL, MT TO GREAT FALLS, MT TO BILLINGS, MT
Sponsor: PRAIRIE KRAFT SPECIALTIES
Purpose: FIRE DANGER FACT FINDING AND SMALL AIRPORT AVIATION SECURITY
Date: Apr 2, 2005
Expense: $366.53
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL. MONTANANS WILL BE PRESENT
Date: Apr 17, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $3,240.85
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: American Public Communications Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Jun 17, 2005
Expense: $8,003.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Conrad Burns

Eric Bovim
Will Brooke
Todd Capser
Benjamin Good
Ryen Graer
Sara Hagedorn
Prabhat Hajela
Christine Heggem
Clark Johnson
James Mccray
Ric Molen
Ric Moler
Jennifer O'shea
Jennifer Owen
Jodi Peters
Erin Pierce
Randall Popelka
Michael Rawson
Heather Sethre
Kristin Smith
Jarrod Thompson



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.