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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    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.
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Office of

Thomas Petri


Total cost of 37 office trips: $49,039.34


Trips by Thomas Petri
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $19,303.95

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK TO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,078.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Associated General Contractors and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2000
Expense: $748.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Public Transportation Association
Purpose: ATTEND APTA CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 2, 2001
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT SEMINAR WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE SECTOR ON FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDING AND REAUTHORIZATION OF TEA 21
Date: Apr 22, 2002
Expense: $321.00
source

Destination: COOPERSTOWN, NY
Sponsor: Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL RAILROAD ISSUES
Date: Jul 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: University of Utah
Purpose: SPEAK AT POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $539.78
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Sponsor: Associated General Contractors and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ABOUT TEA 21 REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Feb 8, 2003
Expense: $391.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAJOLLA, CA TO DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,027.63
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Bicycle Leadership Conference
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,286.33
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-JACKSONVILLE, FLA.-MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: Railway Supply Institute
Purpose: TO ADDRESS RSI CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 14, 2004
Expense: $839.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $8,343.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON KID'S ACCOUNTS-A PLATFORM FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY
Date: Dec 3, 2004
Expense: $342.95
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: French-Ameriocan Foundation
Purpose: U.S. - FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,085.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Petri

Tom Adair
David Anderson
Katie Birschbach
Debra Gebhardt
Sue Kerkman-Jung
Richard Markowitz
Patrick Mullane
Paul Trempe



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.