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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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    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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WU, DAVID MR., Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $24,455.63

Average cost per trip - $2,717.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 265 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Chinese Schools, National Association of Chinese Language Schools
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to group's annual conference
Notes - spouse, Michelle

Travel Cost - $427.00
Lodging Cost - $178.00
Meal Cost - $182.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $787.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, H & Q Asia Pacific
Dates - April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

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

Travel Cost - $4,346.00
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,362.00

Additional family members - No


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 Michelle Wu accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Notes - with spouse Michelle Wu - meal expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - GADP National Conference speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,843.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,863.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes - trip extended one day at personal expense - with spouse Michelle Wu

Travel Cost - $493.04
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $849.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,892.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,136.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,838.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $764.00
Lodging Cost - $1,310.00
Meal Cost - $1,162.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,281.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund JFK School of Govt
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Harvard Healthcare Policy Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Lauderdale - DC

Travel Cost - $1,349.17
Lodging Cost - $1,527.46
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $3,844.03

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.