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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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    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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DREIER, DAVID, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $24,566.43

Average cost per trip - $1,068.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 263 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,450.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - November 9, 2001 - November 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
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) - Galapagos Conservancy Foundation
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ecuador

Purpose - to review U.S.-Ecuador environmental and resources-related issues
Notes - Other costs not specified. Attached form disclosing gift from Government of Ecuador - transport $154.10 and accommodation/meals $451.48

Travel Cost - $3,843.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $255.00
Total Cost - $4,798.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $507.50
Lodging Cost - $618.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,425.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Notes - no location indicated, other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $62.50
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $722.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,996.00
Lodging Cost - $960.50
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,051.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

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) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Delegation retreat
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - CA delegation conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $111.30
Total Cost - $469.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - technology meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Walker Digital
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greenwich, CT

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $445.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 3, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Empower America
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $605.50
Lodging Cost - $372.24
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,027.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Grove
Dates - July 23, 2004 - July 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Los Angeles This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Principia High School
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Irvington, VA - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Phil - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Dates - September 16, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking engagement re: agricultural issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Kansas City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $270.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.40

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.