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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

    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 | 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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SANCHEZ, LINDA, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $54,623.90

Average cost per trip - $3,901.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 114 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Dallas Chapter
Dates - July 13, 2003 - July 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - keynote breakfast speaker
Notes - other-taxi transportation

Travel Cost - $1,853.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $116.00
Total Cost - $2,114.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Israel - Chicago, IL

Purpose - education mission
Notes - other-security

Travel Cost - $3,911.00
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $5,809.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - October 4, 2003 - October 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.26
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $191.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,583.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Planned Parenthood
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,223.00
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,543.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza
Dates - June 26, 2004 - June 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $559.70
Lodging Cost - $151.30
Meal Cost - $26.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $737.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Rancho Mirage, CA

Purpose - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Notes - with spouse Mark Valentine - other for "group activities"

Travel Cost - $88.86
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $716.86
Other Cost - $40.74
Total Cost - $1,246.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose - congressional delegation to India - fact finding trip
Notes - with spouse Mark Valentine - lodging covers meals

Travel Cost - $17,338.94
Lodging Cost - $1,461.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,800.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - William C. Velasquez Institute
Dates - April 9, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - education
Notes - with spouse Mark - other for fee for educational license

Travel Cost - $3,500.00
Lodging Cost - $3,000.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,500.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Salvador, El Salvador

Purpose - To monitor the status of the Soto murder investigation
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Atlanta, GA - San Salvador, El Salvador - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $768.60
Lodging Cost - $260.60
Meal Cost - $30.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,060.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin American Studies Univ of California at Berkeley
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Morelia, Mexico

Purpose - Participation in the third annual United States - Mexico Futures Forum
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Houston, TX - Morelia, Mexico - Houston, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $835.85
Lodging Cost - $662.80
Meal Cost - $134.69
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,633.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Women Lawyers
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Keynote speaker for annual conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Houston, TX - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $617.10
Lodging Cost - $468.84
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,185.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Sri Lanka

Purpose - Survey Singapore's international disaster-relief efforts to tsunami-hit countries, port security, and survey tsunami devastation and relief efforts in Sri Lanka
Notes - New York, NY - Newark, NJ - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Singapore - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $6,851.60
Lodging Cost - $843.16
Meal Cost - $277.23
Other Cost - $706.07
Total Cost - $8,678.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health, SEIU, Aetna, AHIP, United, Wellpoint, BCBS
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Minority Health Summit
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $782.34
Lodging Cost - $459.30
Meal Cost - $265.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,507.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for Justice
Dates - August 6, 2005 - August 8, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Participant in an American Bar Association Convention panel
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $925.39
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,225.39

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.