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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.

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.

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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INSLEE, JAY R, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $21,700.28

Average cost per trip - $2,411.14
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 286 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Yellowstone to Yukon Convservation Initiative
Dates - September 8, 2001 - September 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - West Glacier, MT

Purpose - To speak on global warming and U.S. National Energy Policy
Notes - Glacier National Park, MT

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $59.47
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $584.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Tour of wildlife refuge
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,240.07
Lodging Cost - $326.93
Meal Cost - $129.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,696.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - attend Monterey Congressional Forum on Trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $203.50
Lodging Cost - $160.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $364.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To attend Monterey Congressional forum on trade policy
Notes - Spouse Trudi Inslee accompanied.

Travel Cost - $555.38
Lodging Cost - $260.00
Meal Cost - $158.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $973.38

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - North American Transplant Coordinators Organization
Dates - March 14, 2003 - March 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Keynote guest speaker at North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO) conference
Notes - Travel all on 3/14/03

Travel Cost - $755.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $755.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montana Wilderness Association
Dates - December 7, 2002 - December 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kalispell, MT

Purpose - Keynote convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $660.50
Lodging Cost - $69.68
Meal Cost - $16.97
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $747.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Partnerships
Dates - January 8, 2005 - January 12, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Managua, Nicaragua

Purpose - To examine poverty alleviation programs in Nicaragua
Notes - Seattle, WA - Managua, Nicaragua - Seattle, WA

Travel Cost - $1,414.00
Lodging Cost - $341.00
Meal Cost - $139.00
Other Cost - $329.00
Total Cost - $2,223.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - November 28, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Paris, France

Purpose - Fact finding on trade relations with EU
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris - Brussels - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expenses: 11/29/ - 11/30

Travel Cost - $9,933.38
Lodging Cost - $1,257.48
Meal Cost - $645.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,836.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding, financial services trip
Notes - DC - NYC / NYC - SEA (Seattle)

Travel Cost - $730.38
Lodging Cost - $584.79
Meal Cost - $205.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,520.17

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.