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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

    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.

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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MCCOLLUM, BETTY, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $31,939.61

Average cost per trip - $3,548.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 203 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife
Dates - June 30, 2001 - July 5, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Fairbanks, AK

Purpose - Fact finding trip to Artic Refuge
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,528.27
Lodging Cost - $359.33
Meal Cost - $129.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,017.08

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bi-partisan Congressional Heath Policy Conference
Notes - Location not specified on disclosure - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $880.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $353.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,150.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - May 26, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tongass Forest, AK

Purpose - to gather information on the Tongass National Forest as a member of the subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the Subcommittee on National Forests and Forest Health.
Notes - Boat trip was 5/27-6/1. The other days were travel.

Travel Cost - $1,328.42
Lodging Cost - $758.00
Meal Cost - $510.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,596.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To gain more in depth knowledge of current healthcare issues
Notes - other costs are for jacket and totebag

Travel Cost - $1,802.82
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,638.09

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 - Legislative exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $594.08
Lodging Cost - $423.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,017.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Dates - August 9, 2003 - August 19, 2003 (11 days)
Location(s) - South Africa

Purpose - To see first hand what is being done to combat the global AIDS epidemic
Notes - Personal expense between 08/09/2003 and 08/12/2003

Travel Cost - $6,668.03
Lodging Cost - $1,218.40
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,029.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Bank Parliamentary Network
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose - HIV/AIDS working group
Notes - other expenses were incidentals

Travel Cost - $6,799.37
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $210.00
Total Cost - $8,089.37

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Minneapolis - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Minneapolis

Travel Cost - $618.66
Lodging Cost - $1,351.31
Meal Cost - $466.20
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,471.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Public Lands Grazing Campaign
Dates - August 31, 2004 - September 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grazing Fact-Finding Tour
Notes - Minneapolis/St Paul - Bozeman, MT - Yellowstone / Yellowstone - Bozeman, MT - Minneapolis

Travel Cost - $566.84
Lodging Cost - $264.99
Meal Cost - $92.81
Other Cost - $4.58
Total Cost - $929.22

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.