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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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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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MCCARTHY, CAROLYN, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $14,098.32

Average cost per trip - $1,281.67
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 381 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - DLC Spring Retreat
Notes - $25.00 DLC travel bag/map - $12.60 Jazz Fest ticket

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost - $421.80
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost - $37.60
Total Cost - $882.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - NC

Purpose - keynote at conference
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $685.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $685.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Interfaith Initiative Against Gun Violence
Dates - May 3, 2002 - May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - talk to Interfaith Initiatives Against Gun Violence
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $140.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ceasefire Oregon
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - OR

Purpose - speak at organization's meeting
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $783.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $783.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Health Care Conference
Notes - other costs include $35 for a jacket and $9.95 for a tote bag. an aide also went along (and was compensated the same for trans, lodge and meal costs)

Travel Cost - $1,246.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,577.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Women's Democracy Center
Dates - January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Purpose - Meet with Irish women and legislators
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $803.08
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,403.08

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,681.55
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $531.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,157.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Government Attorneys and Capital Litigation
Dates - July 29, 2003 - July 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - to address national conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $470.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $76.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $546.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to view exchange and discuss issues of interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $341.78
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $183.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Common Wealth Fund JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To attend the Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - New York LaGuardia - Ft Lauderdale, FL - New York LaGuardia

Travel Cost - $235.20
Lodging Cost - $1,356.00
Meal Cost - $466.20
Other Cost - $145.96
Total Cost - $2,203.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Options Exchange
Dates - April 17, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To review operations of the sponsors and to discuss other financial services matters
Notes - NY (LaGuardia) - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $564.90
Lodging Cost - $458.15
Meal Cost - $171.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,194.95

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.