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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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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REYES, SILVESTRE, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,911.33

Average cost per trip - $1,988.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 349 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Destination not specified - accompanied by spouse Carolina Reyes - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $7,200.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $8,550.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of United Latin American Citizens
Dates - June 4, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - to deliver a speech during 72nd Annual Convention
Notes - America West voucher valued at 600 0 cost to LULAC; lodging valued at 59/night, 0 cost to LULAC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX - El Paso, TX

Purpose - to deliver a speech at the Latino Vote 2001 banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.25
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $972.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - to attend the 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals; spouse: Cablina Reyes

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - fact finding and educational
Notes - under trans costs, written 609.19+60=669.19 for member and spouse. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,338.38
Lodging Cost - $679.80
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,498.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industrial Council
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - fact-finding and educational
Notes - Ground transport $175 included in transportation cost.

Travel Cost - $1,577.50
Lodging Cost - $506.00
Meal Cost - $255.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,338.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - October 11, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Purpose - to learn about unresolved murders of girls and women in Ciudad Juarez, which borders with El Paso, TX.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $212.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $272.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Air Force Sergeants Assn
Dates - August 2, 2005 - August 2, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - To speak at Air Force Sergeants Association where he was awarded AFSA's Mendel Rivers Award of Legislative Excellence
Notes - El Paso - Dallas - El Paso

Travel Cost - $330.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.40

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.