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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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SCHIFF, ADAM, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $31,223.42

Average cost per trip - $2,838.49
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 209 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Armenian National Committee of America, Glendale chapter
Dates - September 20, 2001 - September 25, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Armenia

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,700.00
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,395.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes - other expenses are not specified

Travel Cost - $274.00
Lodging Cost - $1,009.68
Meal Cost - $296.41
Other Cost - $351.36
Total Cost - $1,931.45

Additional family members - No


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 Eve Schiff accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Egypt - Syria - Lebanon - Jordan - Israel - Kuwait - Saudi Arabia

Purpose - engage in dialogue with foreign leaders
Notes - other cost = telephone charge

Travel Cost - $11,610.87
Lodging Cost - $818.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $55.70
Total Cost - $12,484.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - civil rights pilgrimage
Notes - other-entry fees

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - fall retreat
Notes - spouse, Eve Schiff

Travel Cost - $859.20
Lodging Cost - $566.00
Meal Cost - $456.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,881.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Notes - spouse, Eve Schiff

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - with spouse Eve

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $696.00
Meal Cost - $812.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,519.68

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - California bipartisan retreat
Notes - other for "miscellaneous expenses"

Travel Cost - $44.43
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $20.37
Total Cost - $823.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Community Financial Services Assn & Member Cos
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 11, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues
Notes - Dulles - Jackson Hole, WY

Travel Cost - $698.75
Lodging Cost - $292.50
Meal Cost - $497.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,488.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 29, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Spring retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans / New Orleans - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,121.26
Lodging Cost - $566.74
Meal Cost - $439.10
Other Cost - $72.00
Total Cost - $4,199.10

Additional family members - Yes

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.