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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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THOMPSON, MIKE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $76,760.50

Average cost per trip - $3,838.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 61 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - to participate in conference regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - took wife, Janet Thompson

Travel Cost - $1,708.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - April 14, 2000 - April 15, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - provide legislative perspective on hunting and other sportsmen-related issues
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $1,465.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,715.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - July 27, 2001 - July 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Groton, CT

Purpose - to meet with leaders from the outdoor industry and conservation organizations to discuss the challenge facing American's sporting traditions
Notes - Spouse Janet Thompson accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,117.00
Lodging Cost - $160.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,427.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - To meet with Cuban government officials, trade representatives and US interest section officials
Notes - Other costs for taxis, hotel incidentals

Travel Cost - $789.50
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $1,494.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - To host and participate in a day of sporting clays wine tasting, dinner and auction to benefit the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,606.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost - $78.00
Total Cost - $2,859.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - to participate in a meeting with the Iowa wine industry representative, visit conservation project and hold meetings with resource organization representatives.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $591.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Quail Unlimited
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 27, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - Speak to the 16th Annual Quail Unlimited Hunt and meetings
Notes - accompanied by spouse Janet Thompson

Travel Cost - $459.20
Lodging Cost - $241.92
Meal Cost - $172.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $873.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Tobacco
Dates - December 7, 2001 - December 9, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Behring Ranch, CA

Purpose - speak to group of California sportsmen
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,082.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $94.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,176.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by spouse Janet Thompson. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $758.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $352.00
Total Cost - $2,410.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Federation of Wines and Spirits
Dates - May 23, 2002 - May 26, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - wife to accompany Rep. Thompson on state dept. CODEL
Notes - accompanied by spouse Janet Thompson; the transportation expense listed is for her. Rep. Thompson' s expenses paid by State Dept. since he traveled as part of an official CODEL.

Travel Cost - $7,395.44
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,395.44

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 14, 2002 - March 15, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speak to hunting industry on the importance of the Sportsmen's Caucus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $988.00
Lodging Cost - $84.30
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,117.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 26, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - roundtable discussion of sportsmen's issues
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,251.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost - $295.00
Total Cost - $1,741.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Congressional Wine Caucus Educational tour of the Napa Valley
Notes - with spouse Janet - other expenses for tickets to Lake County Wine Alliance charity event

Travel Cost - $4,936.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $705.90
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $5,791.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Wine Institute, Stimson Lane Ltd.
Dates - August 20, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA - Walla Walla, WA - Everett, WA - Napa, CA

Purpose - tour Washington wineries and meet with representatives from the Washington wine industry
Notes - with spouse Janet

Travel Cost - $2,363.00
Lodging Cost - $426.02
Meal Cost - $550.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,339.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 31, 2003 - February 1, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speech at the Safari club's international convention
Notes - The disclosure was flied after the 30 day deadline and most of the accompaniying material detialing costs have been misplaced.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Summit discussing legislative issues of importance to the hunting and fishing community
Notes - with spouse Janet - Janet's itinerary: Washington, D.C. - Jackson Hole, WY - Washington, D.C. (her cost $618.50; his $543.50)

Travel Cost - $1,162.00
Lodging Cost - $927.11
Meal Cost - $704.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,793.11

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Mike Thompson: Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - San Francisco, CA Janet Thompson: San Francisco, CA - Barcelona, Spain - San Francisco, CA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,583.70
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $3,936.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,994.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Duck Key, FL

Purpose - attend Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation annual meeting
Notes - spouse Janet Thompson

Travel Cost - $1,898.40
Lodging Cost - $685.74
Meal Cost - $249.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,833.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Quail Unlimited
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - To attend conference on wilderness and sportsmen issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Albany, GA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $441.94
Lodging Cost - $302.40
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $879.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - San Francisco - China - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $13,398.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $18,760.10

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.