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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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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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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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SABO, MARTIN OLAV, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $28,716.88

Average cost per trip - $3,589.61
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 227 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Sylvia Sabo - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,676.00
Lodging Cost - $2,580.00
Meal Cost - $2,340.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,796.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - to participate in legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Sylvia Lee Sabo accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $879.00
Lodging Cost - $1,125.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $3,104.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - to participate on a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Sylvia Lee Sabo accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,837.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,070.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Sylvia accompanied. Meal costs are included in the lodging expense. Other expenses are for registration fees.

Travel Cost - $254.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,354.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - aviation issues conference
Notes - spouse Sylvia Lee Sabo

Travel Cost - $5,877.40
Lodging Cost - $1,030.60
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,808.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Annenberg Foundation Trust
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Notes - spouse, Sylvia Sabo accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $644.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $994.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kailua, HI - Kona, HI

Purpose - 2003 Aviation Issues Conference
Notes - spouse, Sylvia Sabo accompanied. Transport costs were zero because it was "Rogers CODEL'.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $451.19
Meal Cost - $195.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $647.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - 2005 Aviation Issues Conference
Notes - Minneapolis, MN - Kona HI

Travel Cost - $2,175.40
Lodging Cost - $1,143.40
Meal Cost - $625.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,943.80

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.