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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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    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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JEFFORDS, JAMES M, Independent Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $43,623.78

Average cost per trip - $2,908.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 149 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Educational Finance Group
Dates - February 4, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker on higher education lending issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $836.50
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost - $18.53
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,101.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - conference on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,081.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,214.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 29, 2001 - August 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,485.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,765.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Western Milk Producers
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lake Tahoe, NV

Purpose - attend dairy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $204.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Conference on clean technologies and alternative energy as ways of reducing gas emissions and addressing global climate change
Notes - amount includes lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Long Beach Education Partnership Seamless Education
Dates - June 21, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Long Beach, CA

Purpose - To attend conference on education
Notes - Indicates amounts are estimates.

Travel Cost - $2,112.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,202.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harlem Business Alliance
Dates - December 6, 2002 - December 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Attend and speak at "Profiles in Courage" Awards
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $1,100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,334.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
Dates - February 21, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,302.00
Lodging Cost - $1,012.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,354.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transportation Research Board
Dates - October 27, 2002 - October 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech to transportation group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,204.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,204.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Society for Ethical Culture in the City of New York
Dates - March 8, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual awards ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $274.67
Meal Cost - $73.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $681.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc.
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To attend/speak at annual meeting and conference
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $381.21
Meal Cost - $475.07
Other Cost - $39.00
Total Cost - $895.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Attend JFK School of Government/The Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,425.50
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,382.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,925.50
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,168.50

Additional family members - Yes


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 -

Travel Cost - $1,721.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,341.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Int'l Policy
Dates - April 29, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - To encourage greater trade with the State of Vermont and to investigate the current political and economic status of Cuba
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,050.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,450.00

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.