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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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Office of

Frank Lucas


Total cost of 31 office trips: $72,199.64


Trips by Frank Lucas
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $23,632.72

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER IN QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AG COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $20.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: OLSSON, FRANK AND WEEDA, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Jun 11, 2000
Expense: $872.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,565.16
source

Destination: OKC TO STL TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL BANKERS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 13, 2001
Expense: $1,295.50
source

Destination: ARDMORE, OK
Sponsor: Noble Foundation
Purpose: TOUR THE FACILITY WHICH CONDUCTS RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $74.99
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: REVIEW AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AFFECTING THE CROP PROTECTION INDUSTRY.
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,514.63
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE 2004 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,202.06
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: REP. LUCAS WAS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE FARM CREDIT COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING WHERE HE DISCUSSED THE FUTURE OF THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM
Date: Jan 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,813.29
source

Destination: OKC-CHICAGO-DC
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO STOCK EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE EXCHANGES
Date: Apr 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,275.09
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Frank Lucas

Richard Blackwood
Stacey Glasscock
Marna Harris
James Luetkemeyer
Anthony Marlatt
Nicole Scott
David Thompson
Ryan Weston
Micah Zomer



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.