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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

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  • 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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KANJORSKI, PAUL E, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $53,137.52

Average cost per trip - $2,952.08
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 118 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vermont Credit Union League
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, VT

Purpose - guest panelist at VCUL's Annual meeting and convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $804.00
Lodging Cost - $99.19
Meal Cost - $29.97
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $933.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Notes - spouse, Nancy Kanjorski; under lodging -double occupance rm, same price as single rm

Travel Cost - $389.50
Lodging Cost - $636.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,835.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Notes - Spouse Nancy M. Kanjorski

Travel Cost - $4,268.40
Lodging Cost - $619.59
Meal Cost - $216.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,104.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - European Union Center
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - Participation in policy conference on International Aspects of e-Government
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $99.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $99.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation, Region of Calabria
Dates - April 17, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Vibo Valentia, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political and legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of Congress
Notes - Spouse Nancy M. Kanjorski, other costs for ground trans.

Travel Cost - $1,552.00
Lodging Cost - $1,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $5,152.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 16, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech to Future Industry Association's conference.
Notes - accompanied by chief of staff, Karen M. Feather. Transport cost is for limousine service.

Travel Cost - $250.16
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Tours of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,380.45
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,794.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - Participating in NASDAQ Leadership Summit - sat on panel with other government officials and business leaders re: ways to stimulate US economy
Notes - Spouse Nancy M Kanjorski accompanied - traveled to Key Biscayne from Wilkes Barre PA.

Travel Cost - $4,118.34
Lodging Cost - $2,881.50
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,049.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - November 11, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Ring opening bell at New York Stock Exchange and tour trading floor
Notes - Transportation expenses were half of the total cost.

Travel Cost - $127.07
Lodging Cost - $416.46
Meal Cost - $16.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participating as a panelist at National Association of Realtors Conference in Miami
Notes - Washington - Orlando - Miami - and return Personal Expense 3/20 to 3/28

Travel Cost - $2,638.58
Lodging Cost - $598.18
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,586.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational - to learn more about eh Stock Exchange and their issues before Congress and the SEC, including Reg NMS
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY and return

Travel Cost - $451.20
Lodging Cost - $358.39
Meal Cost - $237.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,047.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Assn
Dates - May 9, 2005 - May 9, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address the Executive Committee of the Bond Market Association re: pending legislation
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY / New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $525.41
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $16.53
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $541.94

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Visit to NYSE to observe firsthand the operations of the NYSE and interact with its leaders and other participants in our securities markets in order to better understand the role of the NYSE in our national securities market system
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City for NYSE program (1/29/04) New York City - Wilkes-Barre, PA (1/29/04) for official event. Return to New York City for remainder of NYSE program (1/29/04). Return to DC (1/30/04)

Travel Cost - $1,191.05
Lodging Cost - $297.42
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,550.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Credit Union League
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To speak at California Credit Union League's 2004 Big Valley conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $940.40
Lodging Cost - $573.08
Meal Cost - $416.44
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,929.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - April 4, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at SIA'S Government Relations Legislative Conference Dinner
Notes - Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL - Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, FL and return to Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $508.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $392.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate in 2004 NASDAQ Leadership Summit - dialogue between business leaders from the NASDAQ listed community and government officials to discuss economic issues US faces today
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,477.40
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,484.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Dates - April 6, 2004 - April 14, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI - Maui, HI

Purpose - To receive briefings by FHLB of Seattle's Board of Directors and to participate on Congressional Panel all as a part of FHLB of Seattle's Board of Directors' Meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Maui, HI - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expenses: 4/10/04 - 4/14/04 (Maui)

Travel Cost - $8,974.02
Lodging Cost - $4,600.00
Meal Cost - $860.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,434.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Briefings by and discussions with senior NYSE executives on current issues affecting the capital markets
Notes - Wilkes-Barre, PA - New York, NY - Washington, DC (Roundtrip travel to and from NYC not paid for by NYSE)

Travel Cost - $126.42
Lodging Cost - $682.18
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $883.60

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.