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

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  • 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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PALLONE, FRANK JR, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $39,948.45

Average cost per trip - $1,736.89
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 162 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Pancyprian Association of America
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 28, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cyprus

Purpose - keynote speaker at International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,972.00
Lodging Cost - $240.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,312.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Indian American Friendship Council
Dates - January 25, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Honored guest at Indian Republic Day Celebration
Notes -

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - India Association of North Texas
Dates - January 25, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Honored guest at Indian Republic Day Celebration
Notes -

Travel Cost - $640.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $760.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Otolaryngology Research Association
Dates - February 24, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Daytona Beach, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $510.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 1, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Educational Mission
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,443.00
Lodging Cost - $748.00
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $5,976.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virgo publishing
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speech at exposition
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $227.81
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $227.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Tribal Environmental Conference
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $148.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $148.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Indian Gaming Association
Dates - August 16, 2003 - August 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - guest speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $330.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virgo publishing
Dates - January 26, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes - travel cost shared with American Ingredients

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $185.98
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $755.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Ingredients
Dates - January 26, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - speaker at conference
Notes - transportation cost shared with Virgo

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Canada-Armenia Public Advocacy
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $360.00
Lodging Cost - $168.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $528.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mohegan Tribe, Uncasville, CT
Dates - October 21, 2003 - October 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Uncasville, CT

Purpose - USET(United South East Tribes) Conference
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $560.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $265.91
Total Cost - $825.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hoopa Tribe
Dates - December 10, 2003 - December 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Eureka, CA

Purpose - tours of Hoopa Reservation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $27.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $27.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cabazon Board of Mission Indians
Dates - December 10, 2003 - December 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Eureka, CA

Purpose - tours of Hoopa Reservation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $942.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $942.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, Indo-American Society
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 12, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Mumbai, India

Purpose - to promote US-India economic relations and to receive an award from the Indo-American Society.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $699.00
Lodging Cost - $304.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,003.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - receive Padma Bhushan award
Notes - other costs include telephone

Travel Cost - $4,713.00
Lodging Cost - $573.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $1,580.00
Total Cost - $6,896.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - N.H. Tribal Environmental Council
Dates - June 2, 2002 - June 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speech/fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $545.00
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $704.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Tribes
Dates - August 13, 2001 - August 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bangor, ME

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $843.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian Assembly of America
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speech and panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $641.50
Lodging Cost - $195.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $836.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electric Power Supply Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Speech and legislative panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,550.25
Lodging Cost - $317.81
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,868.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Speech and panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,571.00
Lodging Cost - $230.00
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,871.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Now Foods, Rexall Sundown
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech at exposition
Notes - Says transport costs were split equally.

Travel Cost - $731.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $731.00

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.