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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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  • 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 | 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.

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WEXLER, ROBERT, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $174,763.87

Average cost per trip - $8,738.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 110 days
Rank of representative - 3 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding and speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,263.80
Lodging Cost - $897.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,160.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Kuwait - United Arab Emirates - Oman

Purpose - Education/meeting w govt officials
Notes - spouse, Laurie

Travel Cost - $13,046.28
Lodging Cost - $1,327.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $14,408.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - October 4, 2001 - October 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Bahrain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10,262.17
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,517.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Notes - other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $3,800.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $248.00
Other Cost - $138.00
Total Cost - $4,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - November 25, 2001 - November 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,006.74
Lodging Cost - $407.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $8,419.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,440.22
Lodging Cost - $952.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $15.75
Total Cost - $8,408.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Turkish-U.S. Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations Board
Dates - May 30, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Turkey

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - other costs are for local transportation. Spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $10,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,015.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $11,915.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Ankara, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - fact-finding trip, caucus on US-Turkish relations
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied. ITKIB located at 1411 Broadway, New York, NY

Travel Cost - $12,708.66
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $308.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,616.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 31, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - meeting with government officials, fact-finding
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $26,970.72
Lodging Cost - $1,480.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $29,950.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,837.90
Lodging Cost - $383.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,221.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 3, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $11,034.83
Lodging Cost - $956.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,991.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes - other expenses are for gratuity.

Travel Cost - $6,948.63
Lodging Cost - $804.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $7,772.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,280.00
Lodging Cost - $291.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,571.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - US Germany roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,280.55
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,120.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $5,469.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,539.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Meetings with government officials
Notes - Spouse Laurie Wexler

Travel Cost - $2,711.72
Lodging Cost - $726.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,787.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminars in Jordan & Israel
Notes - DC - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel - DC

Travel Cost - $4,700.50
Lodging Cost - $1,135.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost - $416.25
Total Cost - $6,461.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Dates - March 21, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Krakow, Poland - Warsaw, Poland

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Dulles - Krakow & Warsaw, Poland - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,295.85
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $166.00
Other Cost - $464.00
Total Cost - $7,250.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CASI Foundation for Children, China Contact Friendly Assn
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Educational/Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China - New York

Travel Cost - $4,934.06
Lodging Cost - $680.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,914.06

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.