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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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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

    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.
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    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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WELLER, GERALD C JERRY, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 30
Total cost of trips - $58,016.26

Average cost per trip - $1,933.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 103 days
Rank of representative - 101 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - August 22, 2000 - August 27, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - US-European Internet and e-commerce session
Notes - dates at personal expense-8/22, 8/23, 8/26, 8/27

Travel Cost - $1,186.70
Lodging Cost - $247.60
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,584.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Imaging Technology and Sound
Dates - January 30, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Key West, FL

Purpose - speak at ITS president's retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $569.00
Lodging Cost - $284.33
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $953.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - April 27, 2000 - May 1, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kiawah Island, SC

Purpose - participate and speak at conference
Notes - under other expenses-rental car and fuel

Travel Cost - $365.00
Lodging Cost - $886.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $280.77
Total Cost - $1,881.77

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - speak at summit
Notes - destination hard to read -could be OA or UA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $734.12
Meal Cost - $338.93
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,073.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Entertainment Industry Development Corp.
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 19, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speak at congressional forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $362.50
Lodging Cost - $393.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $755.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ernst & Young LLP
Dates - November 10, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speak to business CEOs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $330.00
Lodging Cost - $1,283.65
Meal Cost - $327.00
Other Cost - $2,309.21
Total Cost - $4,249.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Progress and Freedom Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 22, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - moderate a panel discussion
Notes - $310 dollars in other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,442.25
Lodging Cost - $1,139.84
Meal Cost - $287.50
Other Cost - $310.13
Total Cost - $3,179.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - speak to their legislative conference
Notes - The sponsor was not disclosed. $240 in other expenses were not disclosed. [assumed sponsor]

Travel Cost - $541.25
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $1,911.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 10, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak to group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $222.25
Lodging Cost - $1,093.25
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,615.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Digital System Resources Inc.
Dates - November 13, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - discussion of technology issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $330.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 12, 2001 - March 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - participate in privacy summit
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $137.91
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $137.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - gain an overview of copyright issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $570.26
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,118.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hewlett Packard, Intuit, Agilent, Oracle
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Silicon Valley, CA

Purpose - Introduction to the high-tech industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $145.00
Lodging Cost - $520.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $725.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - speech and participate in conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,385.00
Lodging Cost - $572.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost - $49.00
Total Cost - $4,298.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 19, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - speak at their legislative conference
Notes - other expenses are for rental car

Travel Cost - $1,307.00
Lodging Cost - $760.00
Meal Cost - $285.00
Other Cost - $158.00
Total Cost - $2,510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 8, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - participate in a panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $285.21
Lodging Cost - $129.28
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $514.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking to industry executives
Notes - other expenses are for taxi.

Travel Cost - $514.50
Lodging Cost - $229.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost - $83.00
Total Cost - $891.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association
Dates - October 11, 2003 - October 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlantic City, NJ - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - to receive award and annual meeting
Notes - other for cabs

Travel Cost - $2,031.50
Lodging Cost - $215.46
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $2,346.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican American National Roundtable
Dates - October 10, 2003 - October 11, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlantic City, NJ

Purpose - offer remarks on annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $689.00
Lodging Cost - $208.68
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $897.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Affairs Council
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - speak at their national conference
Notes - The airline ticket was paid for using air miles. The price of a comparable ticket is listed. Other paid for car service and faxes

Travel Cost - $168.50
Lodging Cost - $429.58
Meal Cost - $59.50
Other Cost - $157.31
Total Cost - $814.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka
Dates - June 28, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - fact-finding regarding trade issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,826.04
Lodging Cost - $1,156.19
Meal Cost - $230.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,212.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - other paid for rental car and fuel

Travel Cost - $1,218.50
Lodging Cost - $1,507.34
Meal Cost - $357.95
Other Cost - $146.02
Total Cost - $3,229.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - speak at NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,752.00
Lodging Cost - $2,057.40
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,334.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican Association of Free Zone Industries, National Free Zones Council
Dates - August 20, 2003 - August 24, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic

Purpose - fact-finding on trade and international relations issues between US and Dominican Republic
Notes - only the Dominican Republic to Chicago portion was paid by sponsor

Travel Cost - $588.54
Lodging Cost - $389.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,137.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Puerto Rico Bankers Association
Dates - July 18, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding trip on tax and trade issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,400.30
Lodging Cost - $999.35
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,424.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Republican Institute
Dates - April 17, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico

Purpose - Bilateral consultations with U.S. embassy and meetings with elected leadership in Mexico
Notes - other costs - taxis

Travel Cost - $979.41
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost - $208.00
Other Cost - $59.00
Total Cost - $1,871.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican Association of Free Zones
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Dominican Republic

Purpose - fact-finding regarding the proposed DR-US Free trade agreement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Coffee Assn
Dates - March 3, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Deliver Foreign Policy Address on Coffee and Participate in Meetings with Industry Leaders
Notes - Cong. Weller Washington, DC - Miami - Chicago Mrs.. Weller Guatemala City - Miami - Guatemala City

Travel Cost - $977.35
Lodging Cost - $705.12
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $1,982.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Conference discussion of 10 years of progress
Notes - DC - Phoenix - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Investment Co Institute
Dates - September 18, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Tax and Accounting Conference
Notes - Morris, IL - Chicago, IL - Morris, IL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $185.70
Meal Cost - $150.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $336.19

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.