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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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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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JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $107,928.73

Average cost per trip - $7,709.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 32 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - November 8, 2000 - November 15, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Nigeria - Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - fact finding economic development & trade mission
Notes - meal costs included in lodging

Travel Cost - $6,597.20
Lodging Cost - $275.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,872.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - CODEL investigating AGOA implementation; anti-AIDS initiatives and diamond industry in Botswana
Notes - Child Jelani Jefferson

Travel Cost - $17,794.62
Lodging Cost - $2,258.71
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,753.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American International Group, Connell Company
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Notes - Trans paid by Connell, lodging paid by AIG

Travel Cost - $240.75
Lodging Cost - $272.59
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $513.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - congressional retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $30.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $60.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stolt Globestar, TDC Overseas Ltd, George Stevens Resources
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Lagos, Nigeria - Abuja, Nigeria

Purpose - Review of US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) Projects/ Briefing on Nigerian elections
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,268.04
Lodging Cost - $5,270.79
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $15,938.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hispanic, Asian and Congressional Black Caucus)
Notes - Spouse Andrea Jefferson accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $685.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,234.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Las Vegas - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,516.80
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,116.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wachovia, Heckerling Institute
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate and speak at the 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate planning
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost - $1,320.99
Lodging Cost - $303.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,624.98

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - CRC CODEL to Egypt for meetings with government officials on trade policy and foreign relations policy
Notes - WDC - Egypt only one way Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,860.00
Lodging Cost - $1,654.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,314.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Cairo - UAE - Qatar - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,253.50
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,303.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Consulting Services, Verizon, iGate Inc, Leth Energy Inc
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - In his capacity as co-chair of Congressional Nigeria Caucus & Africa Trade & Investment Caucus; Rep Jefferson led a business delegation to West Africa to explore general investment opportunities & AGOA (African Growth & Opportunity Act)
Notes - Washington, DC - Abua, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe - Lagos, Nigeria - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $14,843.00
Lodging Cost - $1,020.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,313.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Brazil Business Council
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - Fact finding mission focused on increasing opportunities for African-American companies in Brazil through trade and partnerships with Afro-Brazilian business / Participation in African-American/Afro-Brazilian Business Summit
Notes - New Orleans - Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - Brasilia - Salvador - New Orleans

Travel Cost - $7,419.50
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,418.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Win Win Strategies Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Accra, Ghana

Purpose - Education and business development
Notes - Washington, DC - London - Accra, Ghana / Accra, Ghana - London - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,849.67
Lodging Cost - $2,398.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,247.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - Share views on issues on healthcare and education pertaining to African Americans
Notes - Houston, TX - Memphis, TN - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $118.00
Meal Cost - $99.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $217.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.