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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.

Recent Posts

  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Trips by*

Greg Mesack


Total cost of 27 trips: $44,119.67


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Ney

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING THE MORTGAGE AND HOUSING INDUSTRIES
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,245.62
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY AND TRUMBULL CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEARNING ABOUT THE NASDAQ MARKETS
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $896.86
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SECURITIES TRADING AND SECURITIES COMPANIES
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $891.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY TO WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND MERRILL LYNCH
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT OUR NATIONS CAPITAL MARKETS
Date: May 31, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $649.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM
Date: Aug 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,814.75
source

Destination: TUSCON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,322.04
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: UBS AG Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $797.85
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO STOCK EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,270.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $893.47
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,115.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AN SIA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,704.15
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Options Clearing Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONS
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $839.06
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MORTGAGE BANKERS NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Oct 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,013.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Options Clearing Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Nov 18, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $876.52
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Association of Securities Dealers
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $749.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: FANNIE MAE & FREDDIE MAC
Purpose:
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,623.56
source

Destination: ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,005.48
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Manufactured Housing Association
Purpose: 1. ON SITE TOUR OF MANUFACTURED HOUSING FACILITIES 2. REVIEW ISSUES AFFECTING MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 17, 2003
Expense: $2,144.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,430.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON/FANNIE MAE
Purpose: TO ATTEND AN EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE ROLE OF MORTGAGE FINANCE IN OUR NATION'S SECURITIES MARKETS
Date: May 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $691.85
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MALAYSIAN GROUPS, SO AS TO LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF MALAYSIA AND ITS CURRENT INTERNATIONAL POLICY ISSUES, SUCH AS TRADE, FOREIGH AFFAIRS, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: TO MEET WITH INSTINET COMPANY OFFICIALS AND LEARN ABOUT THE OPERATIONS OF INSTINET'S BROKER DEALER AND ALTERNATIVE DISPLAY FACILITY
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $766.42
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: America's Community Bankers
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS WITH ACB MEMBERS AT THE ACB NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,347.69
source

Destination: MUMBAI, INDIA. RETURN FROM DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGING BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN INDIA, MEET WITH INDIAN COMPANIES, AND TO MEET WITH INDIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $3,294.86
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET, AND THE IMPACTS OF STATE SUBPRIME LENDING LAWS ON THAT MARKET.
Date: Mar 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $814.87
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE NATION OF SINGAPORE, DISCUSS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE US-SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT LEARN ABOUT SINGAPORE'S COUNTER-TERRORISM PROGRAMS, AND MEET WITH SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,296.19
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Greg Mesack.


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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.