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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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.
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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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BERKLEY, SHELLEY, Democratic Party
Nevada

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $96,718.83

Average cost per trip - $9,671.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 38 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $897.50
Lodging Cost - $667.00
Meal Cost - $497.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,062.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Congress
Dates - September 2, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Greece

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Dr Lawrence Lehrner accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,963.60
Lodging Cost - $555.92
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $5,899.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 26, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Dr Lawrence Lehrner accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $5,085.10
Lodging Cost - $1,277.86
Meal Cost - $941.30
Other Cost - $1,988.00
Total Cost - $9,292.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 14, 2001 - May 14, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - AIPAC Leadership event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $383.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $463.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - India

Purpose - educational mission
Notes - spouse Lawrence Lehrner -- lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $15,073.32
Lodging Cost - $1,847.32
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $587.00
Total Cost - $17,507.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Congress
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 2, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Greece

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational
Notes - Spouse Lawrence Lehrner accompanied.

Travel Cost - $8,782.20
Lodging Cost - $1,945.28
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $261.00
Total Cost - $11,708.48

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Lawrence Lehrner accompanied. Other costs are security, water, luggage room rental

Travel Cost - $7,900.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $12,043.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes - Spouse Lawrence Lehrner accompanied.

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,300.00
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $12,090.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Participation in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse -Lawrence Lehrner; other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,881.10
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $3,936.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,292.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Las Vegas, NV - Israel - Las Vegas, NV Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,174.80
Lodging Cost - $2,128.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $3,142.84
Total Cost - $14,359.78

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.