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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.

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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WOOLSEY, LYNN C, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $56,404.35

Average cost per trip - $4,338.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 109 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Peace Action
Dates - November 2, 2000 - November 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - speak at 21st annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $174.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $294.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - IMDI-Singapore Board Room Briefing
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,150.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,350.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Visit historical civil rights sites in Alabama
Notes - Friend Rev. Glenda Hope accompanied. Member and guest paid $500 each.

Travel Cost - $1,442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $784.12
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,294.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange, U.S. Parialmentary Exchange Program
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Osaka, Japan

Purpose - to create a constructive dialogue on issues of importance to the US and Japan
Notes - child Amy Critchett accompanied.

Travel Cost - $11,262.62
Lodging Cost - $1,578.22
Meal Cost - $1,400.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,240.85

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Jamaica

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,465.96
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,395.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $1,950.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $3,875.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $278.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Brazil
Notes - other costs - taxis

Travel Cost - $1,973.50
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $5,533.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other costs - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,563.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,383.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $265.20
Lodging Cost - $256.00
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $626.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To Participate In a Conference on Education Reform
Notes - San Francisco - Denver - Cancun / Cancun - Houston - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $1,268.40
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,128.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 7, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - Tel Aviv / Tel Aviv - San Francisco, CA

Travel Cost - $4,658.55
Lodging Cost - $2,223.00
Meal Cost - $457.00
Other Cost - $1,495.67
Total Cost - $8,834.22

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.