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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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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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DAVIS, JAMES OSCAR III, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $28,071.26

Average cost per trip - $4,010.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 231 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - 2-day policy retreat
Notes - Additional costs for pen set

Travel Cost - $383.15
Lodging Cost - $81.59
Meal Cost - $93.35
Other Cost - $13.00
Total Cost - $571.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon - Kuwait - Israel

Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,232.37
Lodging Cost - $1,038.45
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,270.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - December 10, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Syria - Lebanon - Egypt - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - Israel

Purpose - Congressional Delegation fact finding trip
Notes - Other costs are for rental of international cell and cell chargers

Travel Cost - $8,106.37
Lodging Cost - $1,790.91
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $384.07
Total Cost - $10,281.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Dialogue
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 4, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $890.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,640.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Educational trip to discuss and debate policy issues before the 108th Congress
Notes - Peggy Davis, spouse-William Davis, child-He notes my children accompanied me on this trip at my personal expense-I assume lodging is combined because spouse lodging left blank - other expense is DLC Gift bag

Travel Cost - $526.68
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $394.16
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $1,994.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington and Lee University
Dates - January 28, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Lexington, VA

Purpose - Washington & Lee mock convention
Notes - Other cost is driving service

Travel Cost - $852.40
Lodging Cost - $75.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $165.60
Total Cost - $1,343.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - fact finding trip to see first hand Starbucks Corp and Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Notes - Other cost is instate bus transportation-signed 01/10/2004

Travel Cost - $2,054.00
Lodging Cost - $226.16
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $2,970.16

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.