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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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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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    Read the Common Core standards

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    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.

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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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    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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MCKEON, HOWARD P, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $30,819.34

Average cost per trip - $3,081.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 214 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Boeing Company
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Huntington Beach, CA - Seal Beach, CA

Purpose - Tour and briefing on space and communication programs
Notes - Took wife Patricia McKeon

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $392.90
Meal Cost - $138.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Tour Hi-Tech Companies
Notes - Filed 05/16/2000 - no dates given for trip

Travel Cost - $419.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $814.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs
Dates - June 4, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Keynote speaker at conference
Notes - Location not given

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $155.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Proprietary Colleges
Dates - December 9, 2001 - December 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To visit local universities and colleges
Notes - Spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $912.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,212.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - location not specified on disclosure

Travel Cost - $188.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $129.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $317.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Qatar

Purpose - Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets & Democracy, Doha Qatar
Notes - Spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,800.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sun Valley, ID

Purpose - guest speaker for the Council of Government Affairs
Notes - Spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost - $251.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $501.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Dates - March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - higher education issues
Notes - spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $243.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $393.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Community Colleges
Dates - April 20, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - presented with an award for support of higher education
Notes - spouse Patricia McKeon accompanied. Spouse had lodging expenses but $0 travel expenses.

Travel Cost - $388.00
Lodging Cost - $446.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $834.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Atomics
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Milan, Italy - Venice, Italy

Purpose - fact finding mission to learn of common Italian/American defense interests
Notes - other expenses were misc. parking, taxi, etc.

Travel Cost - $6,700.00
Lodging Cost - $2,459.60
Meal Cost - $1,017.87
Other Cost - $83.67
Total Cost - $10,261.14

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.27.14

    Read the Common Core standards

    Pick up the newspaper or check out social media and you're going to find plenty of opinions about the Common Core. Decide for yourself what you think by reading the Standards themselves.
  • 08.25.14

    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.