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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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    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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SMITH, ADAM, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $39,216.62

Average cost per trip - $4,902.08
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 166 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - ASPI Group, Seattle Pacific Trading Co
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Shenzhen, China - Taipei, China

Purpose - learn about trade and economic development in China
Notes - accompanied by spouse Sara Smith.

Travel Cost - $7,657.92
Lodging Cost - $980.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $9,887.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by spouse Sara Smith.

Travel Cost - $1,104.38
Lodging Cost - $1,658.40
Meal Cost - $177.70
Other Cost - $153.48
Total Cost - $3,093.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Columbia Research Group
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - meet n' greet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $240.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $690.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, DLC
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Examine the values and principles of good leadership and apply them to specific real world challenges America is facing in the New Economy.
Notes - Seattle - Aspen / Aspen - Seattle

Travel Cost - $1,004.20
Lodging Cost - $411.00
Meal Cost - $898.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,313.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Washington, DC - Lausanne, Switzerland - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $5,507.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $9,307.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - March 28, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Bangkok, Thailand - Nagoya, Japan

Purpose - Congressional trade and development study tour. The Trade and Poverty forum mobilizes political will and economic resources in the global fight against poverty.
Notes - Seattle, WA - Bangkok, Thailand - Tokyo, Japan - Nagoya, Japan - Seattle, WA

Travel Cost - $7,915.00
Lodging Cost - $1,540.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,205.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Partnerships
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Honduras

Purpose - Examine the solutions to global poverty such as micocredit and to discuss the possible impact of CAFTA with people in Central America
Notes - Seattle, WA - Honduras - Seattle, WA

Travel Cost - $1,113.00
Lodging Cost - $386.00
Meal Cost - $116.00
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,713.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Opportunity to bring together public officials, scholars, and representatives from the private sector for an informal discussion of pressing issues facing the United States
Notes - Washington, DC - Amelia Island, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $484.68
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $456.66
Other Cost - $21.00
Total Cost - $2,006.34

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.