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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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DAVIS, DANNY K, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 45
Total cost of trips - $87,291.31

Average cost per trip - $1,939.81
Total number of days spent traveling - 130 days
Rank of representative - 50 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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 US policy towards Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by wife Vera Davis

Travel Cost - $1,608.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pure Loan Alliance
Dates - June 2, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak at student conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,198.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Governor Bola A. Tinubu Lagos State Nigeria
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 31, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lagos, Nigeria

Purpose - Establish education process
Notes - Spouse Vera G Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,800.00
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,980.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Family Federation for World Peace and Unification
Dates - January 27, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR - New York, NY

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,425.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Alumni Association Los Angeles Chapter
Dates - October 20, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Education speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.21
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $253.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Dates - January 26, 2001 - January 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pine Bluff, AR

Purpose - Conference speaker at the Rural Life conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $227.50
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $327.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greater Shreveport Human Relations Commission
Dates - December 10, 2001 - December 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Shreveport, LA

Purpose - Human Relations Speech
Notes - Itinerary says Chicago, Illinois to Shreveport Human Relations Commission

Travel Cost - $1,358.25
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,523.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit
Notes - Spouse Vera G Davis accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $10,800.00
Lodging Cost - $2,700.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $15,140.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Africa Israel Asia International Group, Ltd.
Dates - September 10, 2001 - September 14, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Pursue peace process for East Africa
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,245.20
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,745.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Socialists of America Detroit Chapter
Dates - July 6, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - campaign for David Bonior for governor
Notes -

Travel Cost - $229.00
Lodging Cost - $79.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $338.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - July 8, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speak on panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,459.09
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,459.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association Black County Officials
Dates - July 14, 2002 - July 14, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - speak at convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $561.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace
Dates - December 26, 2002 - December 27, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Arlington, VA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $97.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $430.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Saving Others Utilizing Resources Collectively for Empowerment, Williams Distributing Corp
Dates - September 2, 2003 - September 2, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - Guest speaker at the commencement of their 3rd annual Western Massachusetts Recovery Month celebration
Notes -

Travel Cost - $361.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $361.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greenwood Voters League
Dates - December 13, 2002 - December 13, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greenwood, MS

Purpose - Banquet speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $263.00
Lodging Cost - $107.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $420.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Baptist Convention USA Prison Ministry
Dates - September 10, 2003 - September 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Keynote luncheon speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $691.23
Lodging Cost - $136.23
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $827.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Black Psychologists
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Keynote address at annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $349.00
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $438.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace
Dates - October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Give speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $625.00
Lodging Cost - $165.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $790.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - TASC
Dates - October 22, 2003 - October 22, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Speak at convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $525.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Education Association
Dates - February 8, 2003 - February 8, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $369.59
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $369.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - January 30, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - State of African American Mall Conference
Notes - Form signed 04/22/2004-Received by LRC 05/10/2004

Travel Cost - $328.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $328.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Auto Workers, Region 3
Dates - January 17, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - Keynote speaker at their 3rd annual Diversity Dinner Ceremony
Notes - Keynote speaker at their 3rd annual diversity dinner ceremony , misspelling-Formed signed 04/22/04-Received by LRC 05/10/2004

Travel Cost - $160.20
Lodging Cost - $126.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $286.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Association of Parole Officers
Dates - May 2, 2004 - May 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - Speak at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $672.70
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $812.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Eli Lilly Corporation
Dates - April 4, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Purpose - Mental health roundtable
Notes - Vera G. Davis, spouse accompanied. Nature of other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $956.80
Lodging Cost - $480.04
Meal Cost - $69.00
Other Cost - $264.00
Total Cost - $1,769.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Norbeck Community Church
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Keynote speaker for church's 29th anniversary service
Notes -

Travel Cost - $531.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $531.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - January 12, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Planning retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,006.40
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,526.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Voyager Expanded Learning
Dates - August 12, 2004 - August 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Meeting with CEO to discuss the State of Education in Chicago and the raising of reading scores
Notes -

Travel Cost - $211.70
Lodging Cost - $154.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Paroling Authorities Intl
Dates - May 2, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - Keynote and discuss proposed legislation concerning Public Safety Ex-Offender Self Sufficiency Act
Notes -

Travel Cost - $543.80
Lodging Cost - $154.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $697.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Self Reliance Ukrainian American Federal Credit Union
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 25, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kiev, Ukraine

Purpose - Attend Events Commemorating Ukraine's 13th Anniversary of Independence and to observe the preparation of their Presidential Election being held in October
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,705.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,055.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Federation of the Blind
Dates - July 4, 2004 - July 5, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Plenary Session Featured Speaker at 2004 National Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.20
Lodging Cost - $65.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $343.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Psychological Assn
Dates - July 30, 2004 - August 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - Breakfast Speaker at Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,154.05
Lodging Cost - $215.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,384.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Dates - August 7, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Keynote Speaker @ 11th Annual Summer Conference Gala
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Urban League
Dates - July 23, 2004 - July 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Panelist at their 2004 Annual Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $213.19
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $213.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - June 12, 2004 - June 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Panelist - State of African American Male Conference
Notes - Chicago, IL - Miami, FL - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $601.60
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $16.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Caribbean News
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Kitts and Nevis

Purpose - Conference on Business, Travel and Social Issues
Notes - Chicago, IL - San Juan, PR - St Kitts / St Kitts - Miami, FL - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,410.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,010.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Oakland, CA

Purpose - Participate in State of the African American Male Conference
Notes - Chicago, IL - Dallas, TX - Oakland, CA - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $783.28
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $783.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Assn of Letter Carriers
Dates - July 18, 2004 - July 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,865.46
Lodging Cost - $215.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,080.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem
Dates - August 28, 2004 - September 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,433.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,963.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - September 25, 2004 - September 25, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - CBC Child Welfare Brain trust "Child Welfare Forum"
Notes - [sponsor listed on personal financial disclosure statement]

Travel Cost - $351.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $351.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP Midwest Region
Dates - April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speak at Freedom Fund Banquet
Notes - Chicago, IL - Cleveland, OH - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $208.90
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $493.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Benevolent Society
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 29, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Study - Establish diplomatic relations, accompany constituents of Chinese Heritage
Notes - Chicago, IL - Shanghai, China - Chicago, IL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,270.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,270.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - To visit Tsunami affected areas of Sri Lanka
Notes - Chicago, IL - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,900.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National NAACP
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlotte, NC

Purpose - Speak at Daisy Bates Forum on Education
Notes - Washington, DC - Charlotte, NC - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $338.91
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $538.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Federation of the Blind
Dates - July 5, 2005 - July 5, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Speak at Annual Convention
Notes - Chicago, IL - Louisville, KY - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $152.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $152.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Benevolent Society
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 29, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Study - Establish diplomatic relations, accompany constituents of Chinese heritage
Notes - Chicago, IL - Shanghai, China - Chicago, IL Including spouse Package included travel, food and lodging

Travel Cost - $5,270.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,270.00

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.