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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

    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 | 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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CAPPS, LOIS G, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $35,683.85

Average cost per trip - $2,099.05
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 182 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - Fact finding on US- India relations and bilateral trade
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost. Member estimates 25% to be meal costs

Travel Cost - $6,682.00
Lodging Cost - $2,024.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,706.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Lutheran University
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,460.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,460.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Strengthen bipartisanship in the House
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding about U.S. capital markets and international development issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $335.00
Lodging Cost - $378.21
Meal Cost - $138.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $851.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church
Dates - February 28, 2002 - March 1, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - speech about current issues before Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,751.00
Lodging Cost - $156.38
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,907.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Dates - September 21, 2002 - September 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - receipt of honorary degree and speech
Notes - dates at person expense 9/19-9/20

Travel Cost - $277.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $277.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Retreat and discussion with Thich Nhat Hanh
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $196.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $221.00

Additional family members - No


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 - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Prayer, Politics, and Reconciliation Retreat
Notes - Child Laura Capps accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $398.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - UCLA School of Nursing
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $58.00
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $288.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swiss Foundation for World Affairs
Dates - November 30, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Geneva, Switzerland

Purpose - observe the signing of the "Geneva Accord" peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Meet with officials from other governments concerning U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,120.25
Lodging Cost - $363.62
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,483.87

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Dates - January 9, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding in Israel and the West Bank
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,624.00
Lodging Cost - $1,225.00
Meal Cost - $229.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,078.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale University School of Nursing
Dates - June 4, 2003 - June 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - speech on Nursing and Public Policy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $933.00
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,032.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - congressional retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $105.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - bi-partisan California Delegation Retreat
Notes - other-misc. entertainment

Travel Cost - $198.93
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $20.37
Total Cost - $977.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Democratic Institute
Dates - January 4, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel - Palestine

Purpose - Monitoring the Palestinian Presidential Election
Notes - Washington DC - Israel and Palestine - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,848.00
Lodging Cost - $558.00
Meal Cost - $311.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,717.00

Additional family members -


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 1, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling, energy, and wilderness issues
Notes - Portland, OR - Fairbanks, AK - Arctic Village, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Kaktovik - Fairbanks - Santa Barbara, CA

Travel Cost - $2,119.00
Lodging Cost - $290.00
Meal Cost - $97.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,506.00

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.