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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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  • 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.

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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Trips sponsored by

St Louis Agri-Business Club


Total cost of 27 trips: $17,613.34


Traveler: Matthew Howe (from the office of Pat Roberts)
Destination: STL
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN AGRI-BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $619.25
source

Traveler: Candice Cotton (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Purpose: TO FAMILIARIZE THE STAFF MEMBER WITH AGRICULTURAL TRANSPORTATION, PROCESSING AND MID-WESTERN ISSUES
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $618.25
source

Traveler: Kathryn Scott (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT AGRICULTURE & BUSINESSES AROUND ST. LOUIS
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $618.25
source

Traveler: Amy Aarons (from the office of Robert Cramer)
Destination: VARIOUS AGRI-BUSINESS TOURS IN ST. LOUIS METRO AREA
Purpose: FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE EFFECTS OF AGRICULTURE ON ECONOMY & THE PROBLEMS THEY ARE HAVING
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $618.25
source

Traveler: Toby Stephens (from the office of Mike Ross)
Destination: ST. LOUIS
Purpose: INFORMATIVE ON AG & FARM BILL
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $627.59
source

Traveler: Jenn Spurgat (from the office of Dennis Rehberg)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $618.25
source

Traveler: James Eichhorst (from the office of Timothy Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: EXPLORE AGRICULTURE IN IL. - MO. AREA
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $735.00
source

Traveler: Melinda Ruff (from the office of Ike Skelton)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Purpose: EDUCATION, TOURS OF MISSOURI AGRICULTURE/BUSINESS
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $545.93
source

Traveler: Josh Fleming (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: ST. LOUIS
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $618.25
source

Traveler: Don Lucietta (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR & WORKSHOP
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $567.23
source

Traveler: Grant Erdel (from the office of Jo Ann Emerson)
Destination: DC - ST. LOUIS
Purpose: TOUR AGRICULTURE SITES/BUSINESS IN MO & IL
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $588.13
source

Traveler: Shelby Neal (from the office of Kenny Hulshof)
Destination:
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS EDUCATION
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $563.65
source

Traveler: Brian Wilson (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: MEMPHIS, TN TO ST. LOUIS, MO TO WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: MEETING WITH AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $981.19
source

Traveler: Brian Klippenstein (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: ST. LOUIS METRO AREA
Purpose: REVIEW SCIENCE, AGRICULTURAL, AND TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE AGRIBUSINESS CLUB
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $800.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Bond (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: ST. LOUIS METRO AREA
Purpose: REVIEW SCIENCE, AGRICULTURAL, AND TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE AGRIBUSINESS CLUB MEMBERS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $284.54
source

Traveler: Dana O'brien (from the office of Ike Skelton)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO, VICINITY
Purpose: VISIT FARMS AND LEARN ABOUT AGRICULTURE RELATED BUSINESSES IN THE ST. LOUIS, MO, AREA
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $446.09
source

Traveler: Stephen Higginbothom (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF ST. LOUIS AREA AGRI-BUSINESS INTERESTS.
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $640.69
source

Traveler: Katie Swaney (from the office of James Talent)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Purpose: TO LEAR ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IN ST. LOUIS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $936.96
source

Traveler: Michelle Allen (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: ST. LOUIS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WORKSHOP
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $640.69
source

Traveler: Lauren Ellis (from the office of Todd Akin)
Destination: ST. LOUIS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WORKSHOP
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $678.79
source

Traveler: Shimon Stein (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: STL
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF WORKSHOP
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $620.49
source

Traveler: Andrew House (from the office of Devin Nunes)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO ST. LOUIS, MO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $675.69
source

Traveler: Jacob Roche (from the office of Chris John)
Destination: TOURED VARIOUS AGRIBUSINESSES AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS/RIVER TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Purpose: UPDATE AND UNDERSTANDING OF AGRIBUSINESS ISSUES IN THE ST. LOUIS REGION (RIVER TRANSPORTATION AND BUSINESS/TRADE ISSUES)
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $640.69
source

Traveler: Michael Shumaker (from the office of Kenny Hulshof)
Destination: LAMBERT ST. LOUIS AIRPORT
Purpose: TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE NEEDS OF THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR AGRIBUSINESS CENTERED IN ST. LOUIS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $639.69
source

Traveler: Lauren Ellis (from the office of Todd Akin)
Destination: STL
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE AND THE ROLE ST. LOUIS HAS IN THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. IN ADDITION, WE VISITED VARIOUS BUSINESSES IN THE ST. LOUIS REGION THAT SERVICE THE REGION'S FARMERS
Date: Aug 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $685.00
source

Traveler: Aaron Smith (from the office of Kenny Hulshof)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO (LAMBERT INTERNATIONAL)
Purpose: GRAIN FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF AGRICULTURE AND RELATED INDUSTRIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ST. LOUIS ECONOMY
Date: Aug 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $802.40
source

Traveler: Tony Jackson (from the office of Collin Peterson)
Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN AGRICULTURE AND BUSINESS IN ST. LOUIS
Date: Aug 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $802.40
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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.