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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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  • 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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ABERCROMBIE, NEIL, Democratic Party
Hawaii

Total number of trips - 21
Total cost of trips - $32,409.65

Average cost per trip - $1,543.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 200 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Gary Galiager, Esq.
Dates - January 29, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kahului, HI - Maui, HI

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $122.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $122.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 7, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,075.18
Lodging Cost - $113.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $30.38
Total Cost - $1,218.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Graphics Communications International Union
Dates - September 10, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $671.29
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $671.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California State Association of Letter Carriers
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $119.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $119.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Dates - September 10, 2000 - September 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,145.71
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,145.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington State Labor Counsel
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 21, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $367.00
Lodging Cost - $124.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $491.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ancient & Honorable Artillery Co.of Massachusetts
Dates - June 3, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Sponsor formally listed as Rooney Group.

Travel Cost - $1,552.99
Lodging Cost - $229.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,781.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Office and Professional Employees Union International
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,877.00
Lodging Cost - $349.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,226.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Dates - July 27, 2001 - July 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,872.00
Lodging Cost - $69.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,941.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Nancie Caraway, lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Transportation Union
Dates - July 22, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Winnepeg, Canada

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,252.00
Lodging Cost - $192.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 8, 2001 - February 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,313.50
Lodging Cost - $370.65
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,724.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Quad City Federation of Labor
Dates - December 4, 2001 - December 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Moline, IL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $328.00
Lodging Cost - $55.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $383.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Professional Airways System Specialists
Dates - August 6, 2001 - August 6, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Myrtle Beach, SC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $254.50
Lodging Cost - $117.81
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $372.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Assoc. Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters
Dates - August 7, 2001 - August 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Myrtle Beach, SC - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $403.50
Lodging Cost - $156.35
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California State Association of Letter Carriers
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orange County, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes - The hotel assigned a block of complimentary rooms to Letter Carriers. Rep. Abercrombie stayed in one of the complimentary rooms.

Travel Cost - $459.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $459.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Communications Workers of America
Dates - June 7, 2003 - June 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,036.50
Lodging Cost - $64.51
Meal Cost - $43.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,144.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO, Nevada state chapter
Dates - June 19, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $535.20
Lodging Cost - $152.87
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $688.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 7, 2004 - August 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Member: Honolulu - Denver/Vail - Washington, DC Spouse: Honolulu - Denver - Honolulu Personal Expense 8/10 - 8/12 for spouse

Travel Cost - $3,889.86
Lodging Cost - $756.00
Meal Cost - $254.00
Other Cost - $825.90
Total Cost - $5,725.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Operative Plasterers' & Cement Mason's Int'l Assn
Dates - August 16, 2004 - August 17, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Honolulu, HI - Las Vegas, NV - Honolulu, HI

Travel Cost - $3,782.00
Lodging Cost - $141.61
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,923.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Crystal Sugar Co
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Honolulu, HI - Fargo, ND - Honolulu, HI

Travel Cost - $1,915.60
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,064.60

Additional family members - No

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.