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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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  • 08.28.14

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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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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.

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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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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.

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GOODLATTE, ROBERT W, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 30
Total cost of trips - $51,024.65

Average cost per trip - $1,700.82
Total number of days spent traveling - 99 days
Rank of representative - 121 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Center for Study of Popular Culture
Dates - July 28, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Absecon, NJ

Purpose - participate on panel during restoration weekend
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $421.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $421.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 9, 2000 - August 16, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Anchorage, AK - Denali, AK - Healy, AK - Kenai Fjords, AK

Purpose - congressional Alaska trip for protecting parks
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,896.68
Lodging Cost - $1,853.42
Meal Cost - $309.14
Other Cost - $31.82
Total Cost - $5,091.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - August 23, 2000 - August 29, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Stockholm, Sweden

Purpose - participate as a panelist at VA policy roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,359.15
Lodging Cost - $1,186.19
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,745.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Electric Cooperatives
Dates - July 23, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - to address the association at their annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $234.34
Meal Cost - $183.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $417.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Association of Realtors
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - panelist at 2000 convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $772.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $772.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - to attend the CTIA retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,770.90
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,030.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - to participate in privacy panel
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $367.06
Meal Cost - $105.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $472.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RSA Data Security
Dates - January 16, 2000 - January 20, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - to be a speaker at RSA Data Security Conference
Notes - under other expenses-rental car

Travel Cost - $321.00
Lodging Cost - $895.24
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $172.47
Total Cost - $1,388.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Techissues.net, ITI, Tech Net
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - to lead House republican high tech working group members on a fact finding mission to the Silicon Valley and speak at COMDEX convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $649.56
Lodging Cost - $240.14
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $914.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - to attend a agriculture committee retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $85.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - May 4, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Participate on panel discussion of technology policy issues at CTIA annual policy meeting.
Notes - Spouse Mary Ellen Goodlatte accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $150.00
Lodging Cost - $937.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,087.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Dates - October 13, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to ASCAP headquarters, meetings and briefings with ASCAP executives
Notes - Child Jennifer Goodlatte accompanied.

Travel Cost - $534.00
Lodging Cost - $681.24
Meal Cost - $156.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,371.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - MIS Training Institute, Walt Disney Company, Universal Vivendi
Dates - August 4, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Anaheim, CA

Purpose - Speech to MIS on information / Internet security issues, meetings with Disney executives on legislative issues, speech to Universal employees on intellectual property issues.
Notes - Child Bobby Goodlatte accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,211.28
Lodging Cost - $715.35
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,011.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Mary Ellen Goodlatte accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,820.47
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,820.47

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Spouse Mary Ellen Goodlatte and children Jenny and Bobby Goodlatte accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association
Dates - May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - conference on telecommunications issues.
Notes - spouse Maryellen Goodlatte accompanied. Lodging expenses include meals.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $958.51
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Principia College
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Speak at Prinicipia Public Affairs conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $519.00
Lodging Cost - $105.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - to receive an award at the National Right to Work Committee's annual board meeting.
Notes - spouse Maryellen Goodlatte accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $224.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speak to Dairy Farmers Annual Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,679.48
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.21
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,712.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Maryellen Goodlatte accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,122.46
Meal Cost - $163.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,285.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To speak on panel at Restoration Weekend
Notes - Spouse Maryellen Goodlatte accompanied

Travel Cost - $70.00
Lodging Cost - $774.00
Meal Cost - $987.84
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,831.84

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 - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Maryellen Goodlatte and child Bobby Goodlatte accompanied. Meals included in lodging

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CTIA - The Wireless Assn (Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn)
Dates - June 11, 2004 - June 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - To participate in CTIA's annual policy conference
Notes - Roanoke, VA - Hot Springs, VA - Roanoke, VA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $970.18
Meal Cost - $163.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,133.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - August 20, 2004 - August 20, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Portales, NM

Purpose - Tour of DFA Milk Protein Concentrate plant, Meeting with dairy farmers and tour of dairy farm
Notes - Roanoke, VA - Clovis, NM - Portales, NM - Clovis, NM

Travel Cost - $1,160.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Croplife of America Conference
Dates - September 4, 2004 - September 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speaking and briefing
Notes - Roanoke, VA - White Sulphur Springs, WV - Roanoke, VA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,257.04
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost - $62.72
Total Cost - $1,679.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Council of Farmer Co-op
Dates - October 12, 2004 - October 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Speak to Co-op farmer breakfast
Notes - Roanoke, VA - Richmond, VA - Roanoke, VA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $77.97
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $87.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - To participate in Transatlantic Conference with officials of European governments
Notes - Dulles, VA - Budapest, Hungary - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $12,995.05
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $15,242.03

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Foundation for Women Legislators
Dates - November 20, 2004 - November 23, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sarasota, FL

Purpose - To speak at the NFWL conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Sarasota, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $766.52
Lodging Cost - $297.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,113.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Assn of Conservative Districts
Dates - February 6, 2005 - February 7, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speak to and receive award from the National Association of Conservative Districts
Notes - Roanoke, VA - Atlanta, GA - Lynchburg, VA

Travel Cost - $915.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $915.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Dates - July 31, 2005 - August 1, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speak to AgFirst Farm Credit Bank's Annual Meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $135.14
Meal Cost - $207.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.41

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.