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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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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BECERRA, XAVIER, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $25,067.60

Average cost per trip - $1,319.35
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 259 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 23, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,205.00
Lodging Cost - $788.00
Meal Cost - $457.00
Other Cost - $295.00
Total Cost - $5,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus High Tech Community visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $378.50
Lodging Cost - $506.00
Meal Cost - $255.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,139.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - JFK School of Government/Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Other costs are car service

Travel Cost - $305.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $750.36
Other Cost - $176.00
Total Cost - $2,546.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University / Civil Rights Project
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Brunswick, GA

Purpose - Conference on civil rights
Notes -

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $729.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music, Phillip Morris, Coca-Cola
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - April 20, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $299.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - Aspen Institute Conference - The Transformation of Mexico and US-Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Carolina Reyes and 3 children accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,518.61
Lodging Cost - $2,300.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,678.61

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Trade forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $497.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $572.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - September 17, 2003 - September 17, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - NCTA/National Association of Minorities in Communication Board of Directors Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $310.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - 2003 Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Other costs are for taxi to the airport

Travel Cost - $802.30
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $383.86
Other Cost - $53.00
Total Cost - $1,788.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Board Meeting Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $365.90
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost - $299.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Council on International Policy
Dates - February 12, 2004 - February 14, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - other cost: taxi (s) and ground transportation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $561.90
Lodging Cost - $310.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost - $153.04
Total Cost - $1,089.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Campaign for Justice
Dates - April 8, 2005 - April 8, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Open proceedings - give opening remarks at The Assembly On Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (AWRIC) event
Notes - Los Angeles - San Francisco - Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $220.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $220.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute, Becerra for Congress
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Washington, DC $425 - Faith & Politics Institute $500 - Becerra for Congress

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO)
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - NALEO Board Member Retreat
Notes - Los Angeles - Puerto Rico - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 4/3, returned to DC on 4/4 at 8:40 am * Children traveled at Member's expense

Travel Cost - $448.00
Lodging Cost - $632.00
Meal Cost - $278.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,358.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - May 31, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Congressman participated in Town Hall meeting on Social Security reform
Notes - Los Angeles - Albuquerque, NM - Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $496.60
Lodging Cost - $109.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $606.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Council for Int'l Trade
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Served on panel at Trade Policy Forum
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $410.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Dates - July 18, 2005 - July 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Congressman spoke at NCLR Annual Conference - session entitled "Wealth Creation in Latino Communities" on 7/19.
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $280.20
Lodging Cost - $175.56
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $605.76

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.