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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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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.

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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CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $26,977.81

Average cost per trip - $2,248.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 242 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society
Dates - July 1, 2000 - July 5, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Education
Notes - Accompanied by wife Barbara Capuano

Travel Cost - $4,949.82
Lodging Cost - $722.26
Meal Cost - $123.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,795.54

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - August 12, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Sitka, AK

Purpose - fact-finding mission to observe forestry industry and impact on environment
Notes - Accompanied by Staff; Brett Freedman

Travel Cost - $1,893.40
Lodging Cost - $607.99
Meal Cost - $510.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,011.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Meeting - leadership seminar
Notes - Spouse Barbara Capuano accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $405.00
Meal Cost - $608.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,013.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2001 - July 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Educational - attached letter states was on 'online privacy'
Notes - Spouse Barbara Capuano accompanied

Travel Cost - $340.30
Lodging Cost - $399.41
Meal Cost - $348.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,088.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - NV

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $676.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,136.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - educational
Notes - no location indicated -- spouse Barbara Capuano -- filed may 2002

Travel Cost - $340.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $348.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lighthouse International
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - educational-speaking
Notes - spouse Barbara Capuano-- other expenses include plaque

Travel Cost - $495.00
Lodging Cost - $120.99
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost - $95.00
Total Cost - $790.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 5, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - education
Notes - spouse, Barbara Capuano, children, Michael Capuano, Joseph Capuano other equals hotel but lodging listed separately

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $438.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $432.11
Total Cost - $871.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 18, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Boston - NY - Israel - NY - Boston

Travel Cost - $4,130.00
Lodging Cost - $1,112.40
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,810.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Irish American Partnership
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 7, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Ireland

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Boston - Ireland - Boston

Travel Cost - $4,581.24
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,461.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - United Nations Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $112.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $256.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $182.00
Meal Cost - $241.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $756.00

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.