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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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  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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

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  • 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 |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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DEGETTE, DIANA L, Democratic Party
Colorado

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $40,879.36

Average cost per trip - $2,919.95
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 158 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participation in a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,837.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,070.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - conference on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,017.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $486.11
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,857.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 19, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To speak to group
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Policy conference
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky and children Francesca and Raphaela Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs are for clothing. No dates listed.

Travel Cost - $1,386.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $42.00
Total Cost - $3,151.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - Policy trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $110.00
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $630.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,613.82
Lodging Cost - $2,280.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,293.82

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in conference on education reform.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,369.51
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,689.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaker at orientation for newly elected Members of Congress
Notes - Denver, CO- Boston, MA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $992.20
Lodging Cost - $219.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $248.00
Total Cost - $1,559.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research
Dates - November 18, 2002 - November 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak to the BioConference
Notes - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $380.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fordham Univ Center for Ethics Education Summit
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To speak to the Fordham Summit on Bio-Pharmaceuticals for the 21st Century
Notes - Denver, CO - New York, NY - Denver, CO

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $773.72
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $858.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - US- German Congressional roundtable. [Amended sponsor, previously French American Foundation]
Notes - Denver, CO - Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $3,320.00
Lodging Cost - $1,366.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,386.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Denver, CO - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Denver, CO Including spouse

Travel Cost - $540.00
Lodging Cost - $1,276.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,316.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Denver, CO Note: Paid for $500 worth of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 18, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - Conference on US-Russia-Europe cooperative efforts
Notes - Denver, CO - Dublin, Ireland - Denver, CO Personal expense: 8/19 - 8/20/05

Travel Cost - $2,530.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,592.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.