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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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

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    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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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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DURBIN, RICHARD J, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $70,582.40

Average cost per trip - $3,921.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 94 days
Rank of representative - 73 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 15, 2000 - May 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speak to South Dade County AIPAC Organization
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,371.00
Lodging Cost - $148.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,519.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NBC - Meet the Press
Dates - September 17, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Appear on "Meet the Press"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,550.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,550.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Atlantic Conference
Dates - November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Attend Chicago Council on Foreign Relations 2000 Atlantic Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $742.95
Meal Cost - $249.70
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $2,282.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse accompanied; ground transportation is other expense

Travel Cost - $2,358.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $2,592.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,842.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Springfield, IL - Lithuania - Italy

Purpose - Participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. National Security and the global environment
Notes - $200 for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $5,193.90
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,673.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Berlin, Germany - Lebanon - Syria - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding - Sen. Durbin met up with Daschle CODEL
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,087.20
Lodging Cost - $1,128.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $69.40
Total Cost - $6,284.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - November 20, 2002 - November 24, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Purpose - Attended 2002 Atlantic Conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous for member and spouse. Chicago, IL - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Participated in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Jennifer Durbin accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League
Dates - August 5, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - To view the wilderness and oil fields in Alaska.
Notes - Paul Durbin accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous. Chicago, IL - Alaska

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Participate in conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Durbin traveled from Chicago, spouse traveled from Springfield. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China Relations
Notes - RJD: Chicago - Honolulu, HI Mrs. Durbin Springfield - Honolulu, HI Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/15/2005 to show amounts]

Travel Cost - $5,241.02
Lodging Cost - $3,350.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $11,391.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Policy Committee
Dates - April 30, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chesapeake Bay

Purpose - To participate in the Spring issues conference on the Chesapeake
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - RJD: Chicago - Venice, Italy Mrs. Durbin: Springfield - Venice, Italy Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/15/2005 with amounts]

Travel Cost - $5,103.60
Lodging Cost - $3,750.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,183.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, South African Institute of Int'l Affairs
Dates - November 9, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa

Purpose - Participate in a conference on international affairs and fact finding trip
Notes - Washington, DC - Cape Town, South Africa South African Institute of Int'l Affairs

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RESULTS Educational Fund
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - India

Purpose - Purpose of travel to visit tuberculosis, community health, AIDS and microcredit sites
Notes - India and Bangladesh from DC This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 23, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - Deliver keynote address at opening plenary session of annual conference of Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $481.97
Lodging Cost - $277.76
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $839.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League
Dates - August 5, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - To view the wilderness and oil fields of Alaska
Notes - (hotel, 2 nights - tent camping, 2 nights)

Travel Cost - $3,600.00
Lodging Cost - $180.00
Meal Cost - $324.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,104.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,948.90
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,910.90

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.