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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.

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LARSEN, RICK R, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $21,178.88

Average cost per trip - $3,529.81
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 291 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - spouse Tina Karlen; children Per and Robert Karlen. Other costs not specified but invoice shows JazzFest and golf tournament.

Travel Cost - $2,208.80
Lodging Cost - $829.20
Meal Cost - $425.70
Other Cost - $433.48
Total Cost - $3,897.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $4,700.50
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $6,598.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Spring retreat - policy
Notes - Spouse Tiia, children Robert and Per, other costs attached (I made copies)

Travel Cost - $1,906.00
Lodging Cost - $1,009.68
Meal Cost - $606.82
Other Cost - $486.08
Total Cost - $4,008.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arctic Power
Dates - April 5, 2001 - April 9, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Education
Notes - Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Travel Cost - $1,974.32
Lodging Cost - $407.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,531.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RTO West
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Briefings by Pacific Northwest transmission owners, utilities, tribes and other stakeholders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.47
Lodging Cost - $198.48
Meal Cost - $80.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $589.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - DLC spring retreat
Notes - DC - New Orleans / New Orleans - DC Including spouse *Congressman Larsen paid expenses for Per & Robert from personal fund

Travel Cost - $2,132.13
Lodging Cost - $850.11
Meal Cost - $479.26
Other Cost - $92.00
Total Cost - $3,553.50

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.