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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 by*

Mark Rodgers


Total cost of 13 trips: $12,542.84


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Santorum

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Destination: OSPREY POINT, ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Prison Fellowship Ministries
Purpose: CONFERENCE FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOSTED BY WILBERFORCE FORUM
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $450.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER-WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: COS CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $795.00
source

Destination: OSPREY POINT
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: FAITH & LAW CONFERENCE (WILBERFORCE FORUM)
Date: Aug 31, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,545.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $969.34
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: REPUBLICAN BICAM MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $726.50
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING
Date: Apr 27, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,272.50
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TO COORDINATE THE AGENDA PRIORITY ITEMS FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS W/ HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERSHIP
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER HOTEL, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ASSIST THE SENATOR WITH THE RUNNING OF THE RETREAT, LEAD MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS & STAFF
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,862.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Mark Rodgers.


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.