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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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  • 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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SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR, Republican Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 22
Total cost of trips - $179,814.16

Average cost per trip - $8,173.37
Total number of days spent traveling - 127 days
Rank of representative - 1 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Republican Institute
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Purpose - Meetings with government officials
Notes - Accompanied by child F. James Sensenbrenner III - child paid for by member

Travel Cost - $631.45
Lodging Cost - $344.00
Meal Cost - $243.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,218.45

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - George Washington University, U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Dates - November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,580.64
Lodging Cost - $562.75
Meal Cost - $732.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,875.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Youth Movement for the Future of KazKHATn
Dates - April 14, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - To meet with officials from the Kazakhstan government and to view the launch of a rocket
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,137.00
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,962.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - January 2, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding/education
Notes - Other expenses not specified - accompanied by spouse Cheryl Warren Sensenbrenner

Travel Cost - $790.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $560.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,550.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - convention participation and roundtable discussion
Notes - other costs are for ground transport

Travel Cost - $1,543.00
Lodging Cost - $249.61
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $1,882.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Japan legislative exchange program at George Washington University
Dates - January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - legislative exchange program
Notes - lodging includes meals - other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,054.81
Lodging Cost - $496.15
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $68.41
Total Cost - $7,619.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 5, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - to speak at conference of broadcasters
Notes - spouse, Cheryl W. Sensenbrenner

Travel Cost - $6,843.00
Lodging Cost - $1,408.22
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,401.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 11, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,790.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,540.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - August 7, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Strasbourg, France - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - to gain first-hand knowledge of current transatlantic relationships, global challenges, current status of IP legislation and IT/security.
Notes - spouse, Cheryl W. Sensenbrenner accompanied. 8/7/03-8/10/03 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $14,034.00
Lodging Cost - $968.00
Meal Cost - $552.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,554.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Bangkok, Thailand

Purpose - judiciary committee fact-finding trip
Notes - spouse, Cheryl W. Sensenbrenner

Travel Cost - $10,467.20
Lodging Cost - $1,058.89
Meal Cost - $159.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,685.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - George Washington University US Japan Economic Agenda
Dates - November 30, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - U.S. Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Notes - other-overseas phone calls

Travel Cost - $7,994.63
Lodging Cost - $679.96
Meal Cost - $82.49
Other Cost - $33.46
Total Cost - $8,790.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 4, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Bahrain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose - speak at conference in Doha and investigate money laundering in the Middle East
Notes - with spouse Cheryl - other for taxi

Travel Cost - $17,027.48
Lodging Cost - $594.56
Meal Cost - $432.40
Other Cost - $43.24
Total Cost - $18,097.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak at national association of broadcasters - meet with Wisconsin broadcasters - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on broadcasting, the internet, mulitmedia technology and hardware
Notes - with spouse Cheryl - other for transportation

Travel Cost - $4,387.80
Lodging Cost - $1,247.45
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $5,815.25

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Munich, Germany - Liechtenstein - Germany

Purpose - U.S. German Congressional roundtable in Germany that addressed key economic, monetary, trade and foreign policy issues
Notes - with spouse Cheryl Warren Sensenbrenner

Travel Cost - $9,091.80
Lodging Cost - $1,550.00
Meal Cost - $1,100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,741.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 2, 2004 - May 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - speak at NCTA, participate in panel discussions - meet with Wisconsin cable and telecommunication representatives - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on digital and broadband services, technology and hardware
Notes - with spouse Cheryl - other for transportation

Travel Cost - $4,058.80
Lodging Cost - $1,030.80
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $5,929.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Republican Institute
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 16, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,689.88
Lodging Cost - $720.77
Meal Cost - $351.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,761.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 21, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - Congressional Roundtable in France, Germany and Liechtenstein that addressed key economic, monetary, trade and foreign policy issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $12,309.30
Lodging Cost - $2,217.00
Meal Cost - $1,750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,276.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium

Purpose - TPN meetings involve direct discussions between Members of Congress and Members of the European Parliament on topics including intellectual property, WTO, elections, foreign affairs, energy, environmental issues, security issues & economics
Notes - Washington, DC (Dulles) - Paris, France (DeGaulle) - Brussels - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $13,803.18
Lodging Cost - $2,118.22
Meal Cost - $174.84
Other Cost - $413.28
Total Cost - $16,509.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Japan-US Friendship Commission
Dates - November 5, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - LEP meetings involve direct discussions (no set speeches or expert panels) between Members of Congress and Members of the Japanese Diet (both Upper and Lower House) on topics including political elections, foreign affairs, security issues and economics
Notes - Washington - Chicago - Singapore-Tokyo/Narita - Chicago-Washington Personal Expense 11/5 - 11/9

Travel Cost - $7,994.23
Lodging Cost - $602.80
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost - $72.27
Total Cost - $8,749.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Assn
Dates - April 3, 2005 - April 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speak before NCTA, meet w/executives in cable and telecom, meet w/WI members of NCTA, attend educational sessions, view exhibits
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco, CA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,509.60
Lodging Cost - $1,048.80
Meal Cost - $383.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,941.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak w/ executives at NAB, meet w/ broadcasters, attend educational sessions new exhibits on broadcasting, internet, multimedia technology and hardware
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,319.60
Lodging Cost - $1,144.50
Meal Cost - $262.21
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $4,816.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Univ
Dates - May 7, 2005 - May 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speak at the Annual Zale Lecture in Public Policy at Stanford University
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 5/7 and 5/10/05 (May 8-9, 2005 reimbursed) This travel disclosure was filed late as the reimbursement and totals were received from Stanford University on 6/29/05

Travel Cost - $2,358.60
Lodging Cost - $592.06
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,096.66

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.