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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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WEINER, ANTHONY D, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $26,891.01

Average cost per trip - $3,841.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 243 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - George Washington University US Japan Economic Agenda
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Notes - Other expenses are for use of business center and phone calls

Travel Cost - $6,876.72
Lodging Cost - $560.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $105.25
Total Cost - $7,542.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - September 20, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement regarding pending legislation involving Israel - fact-finding discussion on the state of Israel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost - $524.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,714.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican American National Roundtable
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,025.00
Lodging Cost - $601.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,626.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc.
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other expenses for paid for land transportation bus)

Travel Cost - $2,986.90
Lodging Cost - $872.00
Meal Cost - $185.00
Other Cost - $467.00
Total Cost - $4,510.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $960.30
Lodging Cost - $401.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,362.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,278.42
Lodging Cost - $1,411.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,690.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participation on a Congressional conference to discuss the legislative agenda for the upcoming Congress with a specific focus on key technology issues
Notes - New York - Las Vegas - New York

Travel Cost - $771.00
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.22

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.