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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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Paul Ryan


Total cost of 17 office trips: $68,951.41


Trips by Paul Ryan
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $48,215.49

Destination: NO TRAVEL COSTS AS I WAS IN THE AREA ON PERSONAL TRIP
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: ATTENDED CONFERENCE - HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE REGARDING TAX POLICY AND THE UNINSURED
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $959.78
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM, SELMA AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: ECONOMIC POLICY RETREAT
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $520.79
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Tax Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,734.70
source

Destination: QATAR/BAHRAIN/UAE
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $19,800.76
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $382.12
source

Destination: PAUL-MILWAUKEE-FORT LAUDERDALE/NAPLES-WASHINGTON DC, JANNA-MILWAUKEE-FORT LAUDERDALE/NAPLES-MILWAUKEE
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPATION ON SOCIAL SECURITY
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $2,667.44
source

Destination: ASPEN
Sponsor: Claremont Institute
Purpose: REP. RYAN SPOKE AT THE CLAREMONT INSTITUTE'S POLICY CONFERENCE RE: SOCIAL SECURITY
Date: Aug 4, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,599.36
source

Destination: TEL AVIV (ISRAEL)
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $14,724.54
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Paul Ryan

Leah Braesch
Peter Fotos
Joyce Meyer
Aimee Mikolajek
Cletus Willems



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.