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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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NADLER, JERROLD LEWIS, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $35,858.15

Average cost per trip - $3,259.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 180 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Casablanca, Morocco - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose -
Notes - other expenses not specified - spouse Joyce Miller - no purpose

Travel Cost - $3,082.00
Lodging Cost - $761.00
Meal Cost - $466.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,359.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of American Theaters and Producers, Theatre Communications Group
Dates - June 17, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Panel discussion on theater-participant
Notes -

Travel Cost - $227.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $227.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Comedy Central
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, NH

Purpose - Panelist on "Turning the Tables: Politicians Grill the Media"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $768.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $1,033.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,635.25
Lodging Cost - $482.40
Meal Cost - $38.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,155.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Civil Liberties Union
Dates - March 10, 2001 - March 10, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $388.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc., United Jewish Appeal
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Ground transportation and meals included in lodging

Travel Cost - $2,941.00
Lodging Cost - $379.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,320.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - participate in legislative conference
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joyce Miller

Travel Cost - $4,309.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,509.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Public Radio
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Taping of debate on Consumer bankruptcy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $192.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $192.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Pilgrimage visiting historic civil rights sites
Notes - Other cost is for entry fee

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $413.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 27, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - participate in panel discussion at legislative conference
Notes - went with Joyce Miller - filed June 11

Travel Cost - $3,722.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,034.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,631.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - personal expense 08/11/2003 to 08/12/2003, other costs are for security, went with spouse Josephine Miller

Travel Cost - $7,486.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,629.30

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

  • 08.29.14

    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.