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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

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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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SANDERS, BERNARD, Independent Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $25,914.40

Average cost per trip - $1,727.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 250 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Southern California Americans for Democratic Action
Dates - April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To speak at ADA conference and participate in conference meetings
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Jane Sanders - Other expenses were car rental and hotel parking

Travel Cost - $715.00
Lodging Cost - $390.42
Meal Cost - $43.00
Other Cost - $114.93
Total Cost - $1,263.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgetown University Child Development Center
Dates - June 9, 2000 - June 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - To speak at/participate in Training Institutes 2000 with Georgetown University
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Sanders - other expenses for cab fare

Travel Cost - $743.71
Lodging Cost - $191.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $23.00
Total Cost - $958.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New England Booksellers Association
Dates - October 25, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - to speak at the New England Booksellers Association Trade Show and Conference on the Patriot Act and civil liberties
Notes -

Travel Cost - $223.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $223.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Los Angeles County Bar Association Entertainment Law Section
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to speak at Lawyer's conference
Notes - spouse, Jane Sanders, other-taxi cab

Travel Cost - $2,218.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $2,368.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Library Association
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - to speak about library legislation at the Joint American Library Association and Canadian Library Association Conference
Notes - other-transportation includes taxi, car service and airfare

Travel Cost - $1,198.57
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,198.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX - Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - to study effects of trade policy and attended meetings with officials and a number of community leaders
Notes - spouse, Jane Sanders, other-entertainment

Travel Cost - $4,419.34
Lodging Cost - $552.75
Meal Cost - $786.28
Other Cost - $64.20
Total Cost - $5,822.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To speak and participate on panels at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, WI.
Notes - This was filed under Rep. Bill Shuster tab

Travel Cost - $798.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $898.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Dates - May 30, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, VT

Purpose - participation in panel discussions at book expo convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $522.50
Lodging Cost - $252.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $824.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Departed Washington, DC 3/18 - arrived Berlin, Germany 3/19 - day trip to Brussels, Belgium on 3/22 - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany from 23rd to 24th

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Institute of Technology
Dates - April 14, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To serve as speaker at Cal Tech event
Notes - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse Member paid for his spouse's airline ticket out of pocket

Travel Cost - $270.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $270.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ Stock Market
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ Leadership Summit - Dialogue / meeting between business leaders from the NASDAQ listed community and government officials
Notes - Burlington, VT - Miami, FL - Burlington, VT. Personal Expense: 4/5 to 4/8 Including spouse. [Amended to reduce amounts]

Travel Cost - $2,924.60
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,931.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Smith College
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 26, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - To serve as keynote speaker at Smith College Event
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Hartford, CT

Travel Cost - $430.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $430.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Speaker, National Conference for Media Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Burlington, VT

Travel Cost - $345.40
Lodging Cost - $184.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $619.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Initiative for Media Policy Research
Dates - May 10, 2005 - May 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Champaign, IL

Purpose - Speaker, Media Reform Conference
Notes - New York - Champaign, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $409.90
Lodging Cost - $70.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $479.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Booksellers Assn, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Dates - June 3, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address the Booksellers Foundation
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Burlington, VT

Travel Cost - $580.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $86.00
Total Cost - $666.90

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.