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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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.
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    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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STARK, PETE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $43,757.65

Average cost per trip - $4,861.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 147 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


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

Purpose - participate in education reform conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $1,876.00
Lodging Cost - $430.00
Meal Cost - $390.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,696.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Kaiser Permanente
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech to medical providers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,822.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,822.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in global environment conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah and son, Fortney Stark; three days at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,604.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund, Maryland University
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Other expenses are for a vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $2,059.68
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $706.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,683.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Three days were at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $1,373.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - education purposes
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,063.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,196.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pathology Service Associates
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speech for annual conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Deborah and infant children Hannah and Andrew

Travel Cost - $6,019.56
Lodging Cost - $200.48
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,300.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Munich, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - spouse - Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $12,970.68
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,270.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on The Challenge of Education Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cancun, Mexico

Travel Cost - $1,771.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,811.80

Additional family members - Yes

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.