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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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LOWEY, NITA M, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $68,390.25

Average cost per trip - $5,699.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 81 days
Rank of representative - 76 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes - spouse, stephen

Travel Cost - $1,669.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,129.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 9, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM

Purpose - speech at women business exes. Confer
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,710.22
Lodging Cost - $804.99
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,115.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - conference on us-china relations
Notes - spouse, stephen; dates at personal expense - 5/28/2000-5/29/2000, 2 nights; other expenses=ground trans; lodging -4nights

Travel Cost - $1,944.00
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,532.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Notes - luncheon only, no travel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $50.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - US Cuba relations; policy
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 5, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied. Other costs are for jacket and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $1,514.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,369.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference on U.S.-Mexico relations
Notes - Other expenses are for ground transportation; Spouse Stephen Lowey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,503.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,408.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - U.S. policy in South America
Notes - spouse Steve Lowey accompanied - other costs were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost - $2,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,344.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - U.S.-China relations
Notes - other expenses were ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,422.72
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $5,697.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 19, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (17 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Personal expense 3/19/05 - 3/24/05 and 4/3/05 to 4/4/05 [Amended to show more personal days]

Travel Cost - $11,459.10
Lodging Cost - $1,535.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $16,824.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2004 - September 1, 2004 (13 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - US - Russia - Europe relations
Notes - Personal expenses: August 20; August 27 - Sept 1st Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,908.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,113.20

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.