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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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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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ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL, Democratic Party
Puerto Rico

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,621.23

Average cost per trip - $2,436.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 368 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara, other costs non-specified

Travel Cost - $7,628.00
Lodging Cost - $840.00
Meal Cost - $372.00
Other Cost - $282.00
Total Cost - $9,122.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Notes - spouse Luisa Acevedo -- lodging cost includes meals -- filed 06/12/2002

Travel Cost - $121.62
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $719.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - McAllen, TX - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - CHCI Board of Directors Retreat
Notes - filed 05/15/2002

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - Dallas, TX

Purpose - meeting with President Vincente Fox and other government officials and businessmen
Notes - spouse Luisa Gandara -- 2001, filed 05/2002

Travel Cost - $694.89
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,369.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied. Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.