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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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  • 08.28.14

    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.

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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MCGOVERN, JAMES P, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $23,765.48

Average cost per trip - $2,160.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 268 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding. To facilitate education and cultural exchanges between Massachusetts universities and Cuban counterparts
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,120.00
Lodging Cost - $575.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,150.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - fact finding delegation
Notes - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,015.60
Lodging Cost - $773.26
Meal Cost - $76.94
Other Cost - $64.96
Total Cost - $1,930.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - Fact-finding delegation
Notes - Other costs are for briefing materials and delegation set-up

Travel Cost - $2,071.00
Lodging Cost - $322.48
Meal Cost - $193.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,656.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Colombia

Purpose - fact-finding delegation to Colombia
Notes - other costs were briefing materials, cell phone, international phone fax

Travel Cost - $1,734.22
Lodging Cost - $259.75
Meal Cost - $76.91
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $2,145.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Inter-American Conference on Pharmacy
Notes - Boston - Havana - DC

Travel Cost - $718.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,468.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Notes - DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union and France, and to discuss trade, security and economic issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris, France - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 2/19 to 2/20 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,322.26
Lodging Cost - $502.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,524.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Int'l Policy
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Speaker at conference on the future of US-Cuba policy
Notes - DC - Santa Barbara - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bethesda, MD

Purpose - To gain greater understanding on the role religious faith plays in the political process
Notes - DC - Bethesda - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $537.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $537.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional retreat
Notes - DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Social Science Research Council
Dates - November 7, 2002 - November 12, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - To support efforts to preserve Earnest Hemingway's legacy including preservation of works of literary significance
Notes - Boston - Havana - Boston Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $4,850.00

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.