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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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  • 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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LEVIN, SANDER, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 25
Total cost of trips - $105,710.97

Average cost per trip - $4,228.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 105 days
Rank of representative - 34 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,125.74
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $681.35
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,686.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - TPN winter meeting and CELI study visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,018.25
Lodging Cost - $1,070.00
Meal Cost - $429.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $5,592.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - attend conference on us policy toward Cuba
Notes - spouse

Travel Cost - $1,608.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $1,296.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,796.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 25, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - conference on us-Russia relations
Notes - spouse

Travel Cost - $3,249.80
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,669.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $434.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $377.42
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,729.87

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. National Security and the Global Environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,352.00
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,232.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Columbia University
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $454.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $454.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in Bipartisan Congressional health policy conference
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $890.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $45.95
Total Cost - $2,222.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Law School
Dates - May 18, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $414.00
Lodging Cost - $205.74
Meal Cost - $19.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $638.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 1, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend Leadership Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $23.00
Lodging Cost - $317.70
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $340.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $607.50
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,993.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes - accompanied by spouse Victoria Levin. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $2,927.14
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $7,202.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - congressional retreat on welfare reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,090.50
Lodging Cost - $335.00
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,687.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - To participate in congressional program
Notes - Spouse, Victoria Levin accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,293.80
Lodging Cost - $1,568.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,381.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in conference on US-Mexico Relations
Notes - spouse Victoria Levin accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,151.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,866.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a Conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes - Washington, DC - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,882.68
Lodging Cost - $2,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,058.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Notes - Washington, Dc - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $230.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $17,423.00
Lodging Cost - $1,216.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,439.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - Washington, DC - Honolulu, HI - Washington, DC Personal expenses: 1/2 - 1/5/04 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,273.80
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,748.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - April 30, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $765.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $47.70
Total Cost - $812.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Georgetown, Bahamas

Purpose - To participate in conference on Brazil
Notes - Washington, DC - Georgetown, Bahamas - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,807.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $7,177.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Conference
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 6, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Participate in policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $740.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $765.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 21, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in conference on Political Islam
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - Washington, DC Including spouse Dates of personal expenses: 1

Travel Cost - $3,208.40
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,651.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - May 16, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Erie, PA

Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Notes - Washington, DC - Erie, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $313.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $313.30

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.