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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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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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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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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  • 08.29.14

    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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OBERSTAR, JAMES L, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 29
Total cost of trips - $58,061.08

Average cost per trip - $2,002.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 97 days
Rank of representative - 100 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Bikes Belong Coalition
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech on Interbike Expo
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,692.00
Lodging Cost - $237.62
Meal Cost - $136.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $2,125.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United News & Media
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speak to participants of Sea Otter Classic Bicycle event
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,575.50
Lodging Cost - $166.88
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $1,792.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Outdoor Advertisers Association of America
Dates - April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speech: 2000 OAAA Legislative Conference
Notes - Dates at personal expense: 4/7/00-4/8/00 - other expenses were ground transportation - accompanied by spouse Jean K. Oberstar

Travel Cost - $492.50
Lodging Cost - $540.00
Meal Cost - $112.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $1,214.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York University
Dates - June 19, 2000 - June 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech: Future of aviation in the NY/NJ metro. Reg.
Notes - other expenses for cabs/airport limos

Travel Cost - $97.00
Lodging Cost - $257.70
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $73.10
Total Cost - $427.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bicycle Retailers Education Conference
Dates - January 14, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak to participants
Notes -

Travel Cost - $286.75
Lodging Cost - $315.00
Meal Cost - $35.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $637.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - San Jose State University, International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 26, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Board of Trustees meeting
Notes - other expenses for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $69.00
Other Cost - $13.75
Total Cost - $505.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Participate in conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - Other expenses for ground transportation - accompanied by spouse Jean K. Oberstar

Travel Cost - $3,596.80
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,096.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dates - November 9, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak at board meeting
Notes - Other expenses for ground transportation - accompanied by spouse Jean K. Oberstar

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $494.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost - $85.73
Total Cost - $2,239.73

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - San Jose State University
Dates - June 29, 2001 - July 3, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - Board meeting of International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies
Notes - Other expenses not specified - July 1-3 at member's expense

Travel Cost - $878.25
Lodging Cost - $98.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost - $18.00
Total Cost - $1,034.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rails to Trails Conservancy
Dates - September 28, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Speak at conference banquet
Notes - Other expenses for ground transportation, phone calls and airport parking

Travel Cost - $348.00
Lodging Cost - $136.69
Meal Cost - $37.95
Other Cost - $63.24
Total Cost - $585.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Dates - March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak at 100th Anniversary Convention
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $2,288.50
Lodging Cost - $184.21
Meal Cost - $116.45
Other Cost - $82.10
Total Cost - $2,671.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - participate in panel discussion on infrastructure issues
Notes - accompanied by spouse Jean K Oberstar, other costs include car rental

Travel Cost - $2,403.72
Lodging Cost - $760.00
Meal Cost - $580.00
Other Cost - $123.65
Total Cost - $3,867.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 2, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $642.50
Lodging Cost - $471.00
Meal Cost - $62.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,176.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - San Jose State University, International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 1, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - Attend/participate in Board of Trustees meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $561.50
Lodging Cost - $97.90
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $694.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on U.S./Mexico relations
Notes - spouse, Jean Oberstar

Travel Cost - $2,151.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,856.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Dates - February 22, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speak at the executive committee meeting of TTD
Notes -

Travel Cost - $440.50
Lodging Cost - $214.33
Meal Cost - $33.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $687.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Governors Association
Dates - August 18, 2003 - August 18, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - speak at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $831.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $831.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transload Distribution Association
Dates - April 24, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak to association members
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.61
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $157.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Dates - September 25, 2003 - September 28, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - briefing on flood control and speaking at the opening ceremony of the Sacramento Regional Transit District's South Line Light Rail
Notes -

Travel Cost - $831.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $831.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rutgers, NJ

Purpose - speech at Rutgers University-Voorhees Transportation Center
Notes -

Travel Cost - $269.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $269.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Laborers' International Union of North America
Dates - January 18, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speak at IUOE conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $701.50
Lodging Cost - $234.15
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $965.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Union of Operating Engineers
Dates - January 19, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speak at IUOE conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $354.80
Lodging Cost - $321.90
Meal Cost - $68.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Dates - September 25, 2003 - September 28, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - briefing on flood control & speaking at the opening ceremony of the Sacramento Regional Transit District's South Line Light Rail
Notes -

Travel Cost - $813.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $813.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Concrete Pavement Assn (ACPA)
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Marco Island, FL

Purpose - Speak at the 41st annual ACPA convention
Notes - DC - Naples, FL - Marco Island, FL - Naples, FL - DC

Travel Cost - $1,095.00
Lodging Cost - $559.64
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,729.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - San Jose State Univ
Dates - June 25, 2004 - June 27, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Board meeting: International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies (IISTPS)
Notes - Washington, DC - San Jose, CA / Sacramento, CA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $722.20
Lodging Cost - $119.90
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $902.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - US-French Congressional Roundtable, US-German Congressional Roundtable
Notes - DC - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - DC

Travel Cost - $6,560.40
Lodging Cost - $1,798.00
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,408.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Dates - June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issue
Notes - Fairbanks - Beaver - Arctic Village - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Kaktovik - Fairbanks

Travel Cost - $3,242.00
Lodging Cost - $386.82
Meal Cost - $110.45
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,739.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Air France
Dates - November 14, 2004 - November 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Blessey Marine Services
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Christening of Coast Guard tug boat
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,432.80
Lodging Cost - $530.49
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,056.29

Additional family members - Yes

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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.

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.