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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

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    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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LEE, SHEILA JACKSON, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $57,368.96

Average cost per trip - $4,097.78
Total number of days spent traveling - 55 days
Rank of representative - 104 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc
Dates - July 9, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - convention-speaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $83.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $83.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Qatar Foundation
Dates - October 9, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - To attend the inaugural ceremonies of the Qatar Foundation's "Education City" and to visit Camp Al-Sulayah in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Other costs are for telephone, etc. NB - This is what's stated on disclosure form itself. Attached Ritz Carlton invoice mentions 2 'spa' charges of 260 and 30 QR, as well as the telephone charges. Conversion rate 1 QR: US $3.52.

Travel Cost - $9,157.30
Lodging Cost - $907.95
Meal Cost - $169.19
Other Cost - $92.90
Total Cost - $10,327.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - 8th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - Meals, drinks and airport transfer included in all-inclusive land package - cost stated under lodging.

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Ford Lincoln Mercury Minority Auto Dealers Association
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To attend Ford Lincoln Mercury Minority Dealers Association Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $974.53
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,224.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - To commemorate civil rights march
Notes -

Travel Cost - $665.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $665.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Petroleum Institute
Dates - June 28, 2001 - July 1, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Orig food cost was $355

Travel Cost - $2,338.25
Lodging Cost - $645.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,483.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - CBC Tech Summit
Notes - Child Jason Lee

Travel Cost - $747.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $747.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $9,005.51
Lodging Cost - $1,311.92
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,667.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Low Jones
Dates - May 11, 2001 - May 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,245.75
Lodging Cost - $145.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,390.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Austin Democratic Party
Dates - March 5, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - TX

Purpose - To attend Women's Legislative Day Conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $66.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $251.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sri Lanka

Purpose - Tsunami relief efforts
Notes - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Newark

Travel Cost - $574.00
Lodging Cost - $276.52
Meal Cost - $138.21
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $988.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - Tsunami relief efforts
Notes - Newark - Singapore - Newark

Travel Cost - $6,100.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation (IFMIF)
Dates - March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad

Purpose - Doha (Attend conference on Free Trade and Democracy) Chad (Visit refugee camps; humanitarian fact-finding)
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad

Travel Cost - $9,435.73
Lodging Cost - $626.70
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,142.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt - Paris, France

Purpose - To maintain bi-lateral relations between the US and Egypt
Notes - DC to Cairo - 3/19 - to Paris 3/20 - Paris - Egypt 3/25 - leave Cairo

Travel Cost - $8,376.00
Lodging Cost - $827.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,603.00

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.