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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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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

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    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.
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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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HINCHEY, MAURICE D, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 28
Total cost of trips - $148,781.54

Average cost per trip - $5,313.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 157 days
Rank of representative - 13 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - participation in the "US-German Roundtables for the 21st Century"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,355.55
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,855.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Damascus, Syria - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact finding trip
Notes - meal expenses included in lodging -- additional costs is phone

Travel Cost - $8,367.50
Lodging Cost - $777.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $12.00
Total Cost - $9,157.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 20, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding trip to evaluate the impact of the US Embargo on the people of Cuba
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,855.00
Lodging Cost - $430.25
Meal Cost - $126.37
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,411.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Tunisia - Algeria - Egypt

Purpose - meetings to exchange views on how best to further peace process
Notes - lodging expenses included meal expenses

Travel Cost - $7,750.54
Lodging Cost - $601.25
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,351.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - additional expense is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,629.30
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $2,654.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - to participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,699.97
Lodging Cost - $1,610.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,509.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US - German Roundtable meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,624.50
Lodging Cost - $498.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,497.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba.
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,333.10
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $5,363.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 29, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,748.30
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,248.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Middle East

Purpose - Meetings with heads of state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,765.83
Lodging Cost - $2,400.70
Meal Cost - $122.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,288.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Madrid, Spain

Purpose - IMDI Board Meeting
Notes - 9/1/01 - 9/3/01 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $2,987.40
Lodging Cost - $910.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,047.40

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Education conference
Notes - Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,324.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $487.50
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,824.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - conference on US-China relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,970.95
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,770.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - Child Michelle Hinchey accompanied. Four days spent in Rome before roundtable at expense of the House Appropriations Committee

Travel Cost - $13,848.00
Lodging Cost - $744.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,042.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,667.60
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,947.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Third Annual Qatar-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,974.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,724.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation, General Service Foundation
Dates - January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of the Cuban embargo
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,052.78
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $31.00
Total Cost - $1,863.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To participate in the National Conference on Media Reform
Notes - Free Press (sponsor) reimbursed $750 of the travel costs

Travel Cost - $589.49
Lodging Cost - $224.73
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $814.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Participant in the American Shipbuilding Association's congressional/industry workshop
Notes - Other costs are for parking

Travel Cost - $1,052.00
Lodging Cost - $509.03
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $1,777.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - Mexico Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,437.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,657.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,212.10
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,862.10

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - expense - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,665.70
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,475.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - IMDI Series of Board Room Briefings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,655.20
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,355.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - June 29, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Purpose - to demonstrate solidarity in the Environmental Movement of Olancho's March for Life. A march in protest of illegal logging in the Honduras and the system that corrupts it
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,188.00
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,628.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy in Latin America
Notes - Albany, NY - Punta Mita, Mexico - Albany, NY

Travel Cost - $5,425.68
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $808.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,183.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AOMALLIANCE (Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Alliance)
Dates - May 7, 2005 - May 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - Keynote speaker and award recipient at the AOMALLIANCE 12th Annual Conference and Exposition
Notes - Hurley, NY - Newport, RI - Hurley, NY

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $175.16
Meal Cost - $104.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $279.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - To participate in the National Conference for Media Reform
Notes - New York, NY - St Louis, MO - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $386.90
Lodging Cost - $92.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $478.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Albany, NY - Naples, FL - Albany, NY

Travel Cost - $1,063.13
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $245.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $1,712.55

Additional family members - No

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.